At a point when everything seemed hopeless, a letter from the Holy Father brought needed encouragement.
Not all the news this year is bad. On December 10, Palermo Today reported the moving story of Marianna Bonomo, a 39-year-old mother from Palermo (Sicily) suffering from stage IV non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL).
Earlier this year, Marianna had reached the point where it seemed useless for her to continue fighting. But then a letter from the Holy Father gave her renewed hope.
This very agressive kind of cancer originates in the lymphatic system, and is more common among adults and the elderly, representing about 4% of all cancers in the United States.
When Marianna Bonomo began to think that there was no more hope for her, she turned to Pope Francis. She had lost confidence in the future and in the possibility of recovery.
She recounted on Facebook that in mid-July she wrote a letter to the Holy Father:
I wrote to him, with my heart in my hand and tears in my eyes, asking him to pray for me; that I would find the strength to accept and face the situation, and that I would receive the grace to raise my little children. Because entrusting myself to HIM was my only consolation.