ACI Prensa Staff, Aug 4, 2023 / 07:00 am
Pope Francis has received a posthumous letter from the young Spanish Carmelite Pablo María de la Cruz who entered the religious order with special permission “in articulo mortis” (at the point of death) and who died on July 15 at the age of 21.
Eva Fernández, the Vatican correspondent for COPE, the radio station of the Spanish Bishops’ Conference, was asked to deliver the letter to the pontiff along with a holy card designed by the priest for his wake.
The pope, on board the plane en route to the World Youth Day (WYD) in Lisbon, Portugal, let the journalist know that he was aware of the story of the young Spaniard.
In the letter, the Carmelite expressed to the pope his desire to have participated in WYD in person, but in the event that he died before, as has happened, he pledged his prayers and support: