Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Ex-bishop's widow dies in Argentina
Clelia Luro, the widow of a former Argentine bishop with whom Pope Francis had weekly telephone conversations, has died in Buenos Aires. Her late husband, Jerónimo Podestá, served from 1962-67 as head of the Diocese of Avellaneda before being dismissed from the clerical state in 1972 to marry.
The Pope, while still Cardinal-Archbishop of Buenos Aires, offered spiritual assistance to the former bishop in 2000 as he lay dying. He then began his weekly conversations with Podestá's widow.