Pope Says His Illness Helps Him Relate To Patients

IN HIS NEW BOOK, POPE FRANCIS SAYS HIS HEALTH CRISIS IN HIS EARLY TWENTIES HELPS HIM RELATE TO COVID-19 PATIENTS.

(CNN) – In his new book, published on Monday, Pope Francis explains how his own experience with a life-threatening illness helps him relate to COVID-19 patients in intensive care.

The Pope describes his lung illness which was diagnosed when he was 21-years-old, saying he has a sense of how people with coronavirus feel as they struggle to breathe on ventilators.

The book, Let Us Dream, is a wide-ranging reflection on Francis’ vision of a post-COVID world.

It was written together with papal biographer Austen Ivereigh during the summer of 2020, and addresses many of the themes close to the Pope’s heart: economic and social inequality and the environment interspersed with personal anecdotes.

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