A Punch to Defend a Nun?
No, the Pope didn’t punch anyone, especially not a nun. But a man who had hated the Catholic Church but later was cared for in the hospital by nuns became a great defender of the sisters and did throw a punch at their critic.
Pope Francis recalls the story in the forward to a new biography of Father Etienne Pernet, founder of the Little Sisters of the Assumption, the order of the punch-defended nuns – and an order the Holy Father had contact with during his youth.
The biography is by Italian journalist Paola Bergamini. Entitled “Il Vangelo guancia a guancia” (The