While visiting Rome last month the chairman of Ngati Kahungunu Iwi, Ngahiwi Tomoana, had a private audience with Pope Francis where he was able to ask him personally to support the Cause of Venerable Suzanne Aubert.
During a special meeting that had been arranged last month, Ngahiwi who happens to speak Italian, seized the opportunity to invite the Pope to visit New Zealand and also to support the Cause of Suzanne.
While giving the Pope information about Venerable Suzanne Aubert, Ngahiwi said:
“ Your Holiness I bring greetings from all the tribes of New Zealand. I extend an open invitation for you to come and visit our country, and to support the Cause for Sainthood for Mother Mary Joseph Aubert. May God bless you and sanctify your ministry”
Afterwards, Ngahiwi who was accompanied by his wife Mere, said that it was a wonderful opportunity for our plea for help to be presented personally to Pope Francis.
Apparently after the presentation the pontiff made a point of asking for some more material to be made available for a number of the cardinals who were at the meeting.
We continue to pray for the Cause of Venerable Suzanne Aubert.