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Pope Francis says that when he
was 42 he had sessions weekly with
a psychoanalyst who was female
and Jewish to "clarify some things."
It wasn't specified what the future
pontiff wanted to explore. The reve-
lation came in a dozen conversations
Francis had with French sociologist
Dominique Wolton, writing a soon-
La Stampa, an Italian daily, quoting
from some of the conversations on Fri-
day, said Francis went to the analyst's
home. Francis was quoted as saying:
"one day, when she was about to die,
she called me. Not to receive the sac-
raments, since she was Jewish, but for
a spiritual dialogue."
"She was a good person. For six
months she helped me a lot," Francis
Francis then was a Jesuit official in
his native Argentina, which was ruled
by military dictatorship.
In the conversations with the French
author, Francis speaks highly of the
positive influence women have had
on his life.
"Those whom I've known helped
me a lot when I needed to consult with
them," Francis is quoted as saying.
The 80-year-old pope also speaks of
his state of mind now. "I feel free. Sure,
I'm in a cage here at the Vatican, but not
spiritually. Nothing makes me afraid."
What bothers him, he ventured, are
people with straitjacket points of view.
He singled out "rigid priests, who are
afraid to communicate. It's a form of
fundamentalism. Whenever I run into
a rigid person, especially if young, I tell
myself that he's sick."
But Francis concludes that "in reality,
they are persons looking for security."
In past remarks, the pope has in-
dicated he struggled with how to use
authority in his first leadership roles
as a Jesuit.
The Catholic Church used to project
a sense of mistrust regarding psycho-
But over time, the diffidence seems
Updated Vatican guidelines for use
on seminaries in training future priests
describe psychologists as valuable in
assessing the psychological health of
This year, in the
spirit of inclusion,
the first grant under
the Digicel Founda-
initiative, was made
to Alfonso Sport and
Fitness Events Ltd.
The US $5,000 grant
will go toward the pur-
chase of specialised
of a ramp and support
bars at the Limitless
Fitness Gym at Long
Circular Mall, St James.
The initiative is meant
to accommodate people
with disabilities and spe-
cial needs; giving them
free and easy access to
the gym's facilities.
A release said each
year, Gerard and Nira-
la Alfonso of Limitless
Fitness Gym, partner
with The Special Olym-
pics Trinidad and Toba-
go (SOTT) to host Power
Lifting activities as one
of the disciplines in the
SOTT National games.
The Alfonsos applied to
the Digicel Foundation
with the intention of
deepening their involve-
ment in the special needs
community, making their
gym easily accessible and
free to people from the
On receiving the grant
a very appreciative Nirala
Alfonso stated that "we
want to set an example
for others to follow, by
creating an environment
that speaks to inclusion"
Gerard Alfonso further
explained that "It is our
hope to make our gym
the premier choice for
the special needs com-
The Digicel Foundation
Epic initiative was estab-
lished in March 2016 to
provide funding to com-
munity and faith-based
organisations, as well as
organisations to imple-
ment small scale projects
Grants have focused on
areas of education, health
This year, Digicel
Foundation plans to im-
plement 20 Epic projects
Nirala Alfonso, of Limitless Fitness Gym, left, receives the grant of $30,000 under the Epic initiative from
Digicel Foundation operations manager Cindyann Currency.
Gerard and Nirala Alfonso of Limitless Fitness Gym, Long Circular, St James, with
Digicel Foundation operations manager Cindyann Currency after presentation of
a cheque in the sum of $30,000 to Limitless Fitness Gym under the Digicel
Foundation Epic initiative.
Pope Francis says that when he was 42
he had sessions weekly with a
psychoanalyst who was female and
Jewish to "clarify some things."
Pope saw psychoanalyst
to seek 'clarity' years ago
More fitness options for
special needs community
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