By Deborah Castellano Lubov

This June, two conjoined twins were successfully separated by surgeons at the Vatican-owned Bambino Gesu Childrens Hospital, and in recent days, Pope Francis has baptized them.

This Baptism of babies Ervina and Prefina at the Pope’s residence of Casa Santa Marta, was announced by Central African Republic politician, Antoinette Montaigne.

The mother of the twins, Hermine Nzotto, expressed her gratitude to the Holy Father in a letter. In the letter, she recounts her life as a “peasant girl of the forest,” born in a village 100 km from Bangui, Central African Republic, where on June 29, 2018 (the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul), her twins were born with fused skulls.

In Bangui in 2015, Francis launched his Jubilee Year of Mercy opening the Holy Door of the cathedral.

“That my daughters have been baptized by His Holiness,” she said in her letter, “confirms to me that God is truly close to the end.”

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