Aug 15, 2013 / 23:07 pm
While visiting a convent of Poor Clare nuns yesterday, Pope Francis said that "a consecrated woman is a little like the Virgin Mary," one of the nuns related to Vatican Radio.
"Mary stands behind the door of Paradise. When the sinners get there, Saint Peter is not always opening the doors. Mary suffers, and remains there," Sister Maria Concetta said, recounting Pope Francis' words to the nuns of the Immaculate Conception Convent in Castel Gandolfo Aug. 15.
"During the night, when nobody can listen or hear, Mary opens the doors of Paradise, and lets everybody in."
While Roman Pontiffs have customarily spent August in Castel Gandolfo, Pope Francis has remained in Rome this month, traveling this morning to the resort town by helicopter to say Mass for yesterday's holy day of obligation.