Friday, June 21, 2013

HEAVEN WITHOUT HASSLES: A 7-year-old boy writes to "Pope" Francis

By Marielena Montesino de Stuart

Apostolic Palace
00120 Via del Pellegrino
Città del Vaticano


Mr. Bergoglio, Bishop of Rome
Domus Sanctae Marthae (Vatican's Hotel)

Stato della Città del Vaticano
Piazza Santa Marta – 00120 Città del Vaticano

tel. 06-698.979 – fax 06-698.82.417

Dear Mr. Bergoglio, Bishop of Rome:

I am a 7 year-old boy living in the periphery. My mother told me to use that word because a neighbor told her that's a word you like.

I live in a poor neighborhood. I wrote to you at the Apostolic Palace, but the Holy See returned the letter saying that you don't live there! They also crossed out "Pope" – and said that you want to be called "Bishop of Rome." They also said that you live in a hotel that the Vatican owns, because you have "mental issues" that make you want to be around people all the time – like in a hotel.

Is that true, Mr. Bergoglio?

My mother, my little sister and I would love to live in that palace. Here in the periphery we are constantly surrounded by people. Staying at the Apostolic Palace would give my mother a break. I wish I could live there! Please let me know, as soon as possible.

I don't really understand a lot of other stuff that's happening since you were elected, and my mother said she is sick and tired of my questions, so she told me to write to you directly.

Mr. Bergoglio, I was baptized, but I have not received Holy Communion yet. Do I have to? In my poor neighborhood everybody is saying that under your new program anybody who is good can go to Heaven. I want to know, because my father died and I'm sure that he is in Heaven and I want to see him again.

But I don't want to have to go through all the trouble of studying the Catechism, if I can go to Heaven by just taking out the trash for my mother and not sneaking into the train without paying. This is also good news for my friends Habib (he is Muslim) and Hu (he is Chinese and his parents say they don't believe in anybody)... that they can come to Heaven with me too. Thank you, Mr. Bergoglio, for opening your Church to everybody.

I'm going to let everybody I meet know about your great new program.

I've called it "Heaven without Hassles."

Wow... that is really great!

I'm just worried about something:

Do you think that Christ is going to be OK with your new program?

Are you sure you are allowed to do this?

I'm just a little worried that... what if Habib, Hu and I end up being rejected from Heaven, and your program doesn't work, and we end up in hell?

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