Pope’s cousin to serve as his translator in Thailand

Sr Ana Rosa Sivori (CNS/Reuters Jiraporn Kuhakan)

Pope Francis’ translator in Thailand will be someone familiar with the nuances and colloquialisms of his Argentine Spanish because she grew up speaking it with him. Source: NCR Online.

Salesian Sister Ana Rosa Sivori, the Pope’s second cousin and a missionary in Thailand for more than 50 years, will translate for Francis during his November 20-23 trip to Thailand,

Sr Ana Rosa’s grandfather and Pope Francis’ grandfather were brothers. The Salesian told the news agency Reuters that although she has not seen her cousin since a 2018 trip to the Vatican, they regularly exchange letters and postcards.

“When we talk, we feel like brother and sister. For me, of course I know that he’s the Pope,” she said, but “we talk simply.”

Sr Ana Rosa, vice principal of St Mary’s School in the northeastern province of Udon Thani, told Reuters she was proud of her cousin. But “when I meet him, I’ll call him by his name, Jorge. Pope Francis just came after.”

Briefing the press on Friday about what to expect during the trip, director of the Vatican press office Matteo Bruni told reporters that Iwao Hakamada, an 83-year-old man who spent 48 years on death row, had been invited by the Japanese bishops to attend the Mass Francis will celebrate on November 25 in Tokyo.

Mr Hakamada, a former boxer, was convicted in 1968 on multiple counts of murder and was sentenced to be hanged. Numerous times courts declined to hear his appeals, but in 2014 a district court ordered his release while considering new DNA evidence. A new trial has not been held.

“The Pope’s position on the death penalty is clear,” Mr Bruni said. Francis in 2018 ordered an updating of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person.” He also committed the Church to working toward abolition of capital punishment worldwide.


Pope’s cousin, missionary in Thailand, will serve as his translator (NCR Online

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