Cousin awaits pope in Thailand

World | Reuters 19 Nov 2019

In a remote Catholic school in Thailand, Sister Ana Rosa Sivori, 77, kneels in a chapel to pray at the beginning of the school day.

The nun is also counting down the days when she will be reunited with her cousin, Pope Francis.

Or, as she calls him, Jorge. They grew up together in Argentina.

Sivori, who has lived in Thailand for more than 50 years, joined the ministry young. Now, she is a vice principal at St Mary's School in the northeastern province of Udon Thani, about 600 kilometers from Bangkok.

She will travel with Pope Francis as his personal translator when he visits the Southeast Asian nation from tomorrow. "For me, it's a pleasure that he's coming ... I never thought that he will be coming to Thailand," the soft-spoken nun said. "I'm happy for the people. I want the people to see him, to be close to him."

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