“She wanted to die; she met the Pope and changed her mind,” reported BFMTV.
Consuelo Cordoba was determined to put an end to her life. Disfigured, after her ex-husband attacked her with acid 16 years ago, she underwent surgery a hundred times, reported the French chain on September 12, 2017.
However, she stood firm, but a brain ailment led her, at 56, to wish to die, “to put an end to suffering.” She chose euthanasia, scheduled for September 29, 2017.
However, she wanted to receive the Pope’s blessing, to “be able to rest in peace.”
She was able to contact the Pope during his visit (September 6-10, 2017): “And then he saw me and made a sign to me, like this,” she said, her left arm stretched forward.
The video shows her answering the Pope with a gesture of the arm and going forward. “And there, I said to myself: ‘Thank you God, because he is coming for me,’” she said.
The Pope took her in his arms and blessed her, putting his right hand on her head: “Pope Francis blessed Consuelo and convince her to continue to live,” explained the same source.
“There won’t be euthanasia,” affirmed Consuelo in front of the television cameras. It was difficult for her to speak, her head covered with a hood, her left eye bandaged, but her right eye bright with a new hope. She bears the name of Our Lady of Consolation, celebrated on September 4.
“A privileged moment, during which Francis gave back to her faith in life,” concluded BFM.
During his trip, the Pope invited the Bishops to let themselves be “smacked” by the suffering of others, and he lamented once again violence against women, acknowledging their “social power” in Latin America.
Denouncing “machismo” on September 8, he gave the example of a man: “Today, in this world, where psychological, verbal and physical violence toward woman is patent, Joseph appears as the figure of a respectful, delicate man who, without even having complete information, opted for Mary’s reputation, dignity and life.”
From Bogota he said on September 7: “Children, young people, adults and elderly persons, who want to be bearers of hope, may difficulties not oppress you, may violence not depress you, may evil not overcome you.”
And again, on September 10: “To the culture of death <and> of violence, let us answer with the culture of life.”