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Pope Francis Baptizes Conjoined Twins Separated by Vatican’s Bambino Gesu Hospital

Announced by Politician of Central African Republic

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This June, two conjoined twins were successfully separated by surgeons at the Vatican-owned Bambino Gesu Childrens Hospital, and in recent days, Pope Francis has baptized them.

This Baptism of babies Ervina and Prefina at the Pope’s residence of Casa Santa Marta, was announced by Central African Republic politician, Antoinette Montaigne.

The mother of the twins, Hermine Nzotto, expressed her gratitude to the Holy Father in a letter. In the letter, she recounts her life as a “peasant girl of the forest,” born in a village 100 km from Bangui, Central African Republic, where on June 29, 2018 (the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul), her twins were born with fused skulls.

In Bangui in 2015, Francis launched his Jubilee Year of Mercy opening the Holy Door of the cathedral.

“That my daughters have been baptized by His Holiness,” she said in her letter, “confirms to me that God is truly close to the end.”

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio, Sky, and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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