After more than a year after his appointment in February 2015, Pope Francis gave audience to the head of the Child Jesus Hospital in Rome, Dr. Mariella Enoc, this morning at St. Martha’s House.
After the meeting with the Pontiff, Mrs. Enoc said in an interview with the Vatican Radio that the Pope has “encouraged my work at the hospital, and I truly have his support and that of the Secretary of State”. After the hearing, the chairman of the hospital’s Board of Directors, the pride of the Catholic Health, visited St. Martha’s pediatric dispensary in the Vatican, to which she has given an ultrasound as a gift.
During the meeting with the Pope, which lasted about 40 minutes, the President Enoc gave him a special gift, the photographic print of one of the “Bangui Virgin Maries”, photographic portraits of mothers of Bangui, Central African Republic, with their babies. Photographs taken by the photographer Luigi Baldelli as part of the support project of the Child Jesus Hospital in Rome for the Bangui Paediatric Hospital.
“The hospital – Ms. Enoc told Vatican Radio, referring to the meeting with Pope Francis – must keep working, it must be a great work of charity. I also talked about the African project, Bangui Paediatric Hospital, in which he is very interested because Africa is truly in his heart.” “The Pope – said the head of the hospital – has promised me his personal help, financial help, and this is also very important! I told the Pope about the project; he knew that I had been in Bangui.” On December 15, Pope Francis will give audience to the staff of the Child Jesus Hospital.