Pope Francis on Wednesday praised his mother-in-law, often victims of the simplest “cliché,” while urging them to “be careful.” [leur] language”, especially in their dealings with their children’s wives.
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During his public meeting in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday morning, dedicated to intergenerational relations, the sovereign pope made a long digression on the “mythical figure” of her mother-in-law.
“Mother-in-law, I am not saying that we see her as a demon, but it is always presented in a contemptuous manner. But your mother-in-law is your husband’s mother and your wife’s mother.”
“We tell ourselves that the mother-in-law the farther the better. But no, she is a mother, she is old. One of the most beautiful things for a woman is to have grandchildren. When she has her children, she comes back to life,” continued the 85-year-old Argentine pope.
To the daughters-in-law, Jorge Bergoglio issued this warning: “Take care of your relations with your mother-in-law. Sometimes they are a little special, but give motherhood to your wife,” adding, “At least make them happy.”
Finally, François gave his mother-in-law this warning: “I tell you, be careful how you express yourself [les écarts] Language is one of the worst sins of mothers-in-law.
On this occasion, the Pope asked for forgiveness for presiding over the seated general public, which is still greatly diminished by the knee pain that has recently forced him to cancel several engagements.
“I beg your pardon because I will greet you while you sit,” he called his followers at the end of the audience, at the end of which the sovereign Pope likes to walk among the crowd.
“This knee is slow to heal and I cannot stand for long. I apologize, thank you,” he added to the applause.
Francis, who began his tenth year of his pontificate in March, suffers from “acute” pain in his right knee, which has recently prevented him from participating in some events or presiding over ceremonies.
He had such a hard time navigating that he made a two-day visit to the Mediterranean island of Malta earlier this month.
In addition, he suffers from hip pain that makes him limp and underwent a major colon surgery in July 2021.
Last week, the Pope told the Argentine daily Nation He cured his pain from a torn ligament by putting ice on his knee and taking painkillers.
His pain should eventually go away, according to his doctors, but the healing process “is slow at his age.”