Pope Francis Says Nun Saved His Life

In a new book, the Pontiff recalls her lifesaving intervention

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Pope Francis adresses to journalists aboard the papal flight, on the way back to Italy from Brazil, on July 28, 2013.

Pope Francis credits a nun who had been caring for him with saving his life when he fell ill at age 21. In a new book on Pope Francis, the pope says that when he was hospitalized for his sickness, his doctor gave him certain doses of antibiotics and penicillin, but the nun decided to increase them.

“The nun who was in the ward tripled [the dosage] because she had an intuition, she knew what to do, because she was with the sick all day,” the pope says in the book. “The doctor, who was really good, he lived in his laboratory, the nun lived on the front lines and talked with those on the front lines every day.”

In passages from the book — I Fioretti di Papa Francesco (The Little Flowers of Pope Francis) by veteran Vatican journalist Andrew Tornielli — Pope Francis says that nun saved his life, according to excerpts posted on Vatican Insider.

[ABC News]