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Pope met up with psychoanalyst for spiritual dialogue

By Staff Reporter

Pope Francis said he used to have weekly sessions with a psychoanalyst to "clarify some things".

The revelation came in a dozen conversations Francis had with French sociologist Dominique Wolton. It was not specified what the future pontiff wanted to explore in the sessions, which took place when he was 42. An Italian newspaper 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 sacraments, since she was Jewish, but for a spiritual dialogue."

He added: "She was a good person. For six months she helped me a lot."

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