POPE’S LETTER: Tiffany O’Brien from Killarney is thrilled to have received a letter from Pope Francis.

By Michelle Crean

Young Tiffany O’Brien from Killarney may have been disappointed that her communion didn’t get the go ahead this year due to COVID-19 – but a very special letter has cheered her up.

The nine-year-old, who is a pupil in St Oliver’s NS, wrote a letter to Pope Frances in January asking him for a blessing for her First Holy Communion. Months passed and she thought because of COVID-19 that Pope Frances would be unable to return a reply.

However, to Tiffany’s surprise she received a reply from him signed by Monsignor Luigi Roberto Cona.

“A lot of thought went into this letter as it arrived just one day before Tiffany’s holy communion so that I would be able the present it to her,” he dad Richard O’Brien told the Killarney Advertiser.

He added that it was a very kind gesture from Pope Frances.

“On the day the letter has brought Tiffany great joy and it shows that Pope Frances is a true servant of God never forgetting any of his flock even in these most strange and difficult times.”