Thursday 24 September, 2020

Pope: Seeking clarity, I saw psychoanalyst weekly years ago

Pope Francis says that when he was 42 he had sessions weekly with a psychoanalyst who was female and Jewish to "clarify some things."

It wasn't specified what the future pontiff wanted to explore. The revelation came in a dozen conversations Francis had with French sociologist Dominique Wolton, writing a soon-to-be-published book.

La Stampa, an Italian daily, quoting some of the conversations on Friday, said Francis went to the analyst's home. Francis was quoted as saying: "one day when she was about to die, she called me. Not to receive the sacraments, since she was Jewish, but for a spiritual dialogue."

Francis added: "She was a good person. For six months she helped me a lot."

Francis then was a Jesuit official in his native Argentina ruled by military dictatorship.

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