From Vatican Radio by Sean-Patrick Lovett
Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini is an Italian-born saint who dedicated her life to helping thousands of immigrants living in the United States in the late 19th century. She died in Chicago exactly one hundred years ago. [December 22, 1917]
On Saturday morning in the Vatican, Pope Francis met members of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The congregation is present today on 6 continents and 15 countries throughout the world.
During his discourse in Italian, the Pope recalled the holiness of their Foundress and praised her tireless work with migrants and the poor. He held her up as an example for today, adding that the reality of migrants has evolved and is now “more current than ever”. Migrants, said the Pope, “need good laws, programs of development and organization, but, above all, they always need love, friendship, human closeness; they need to be heard, looked in the eye and accompanied.” They need God, he said, “encountered in love that is freely given”. We must do as Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini does, concluded Pope Francis: “be capable of responding to the signs of our time, reading them in the signs of our time. Reading them in the light of the Word of God and living them in such a way as to provide an answer that can reach the heart of every person.
To read the English translation of the Pope’s address: http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/12/09/pope_meets_sisters_of_congregation_founded_by_mother_cabrini/1353887