It seems that whenever the Pope is on an airplane and reporters are present, disaster beckons.
Francis surprised reporters on the papal plane on Sunday by recounting an anecdote about how he had once asked a mother who had seven children by caesarian section and was pregnant with her eighth if she wanted to “leave behind seven young orphans”.
The Pope did his best to repair the damage his remarks caused, but PopeWatch would suggest that when he recalls this incident he also recall Saint Raymond Nonnatus. Patron saint of midwives, Saint Raymond’s mother died giving him birth in 1204 and he was rescued by a caesarian section, hence his name “nonnatus” “not born”. When a missionary in North Africa, a local ruler padlocked his lips so that he could not preach. Hence he is the patron saint of silence. Saint Raymond, please intercede with God so that He may enlighten the Pope to the wisdom and grace of silence. Especially when reporters are present!