FRENCH Daughter of Charity Sr Andre has been “cured” of COVID-19 and has recovered in time for her 117th birthday today, marking a World Day of the Sick like no other.
She was diagnosed with COVID-19 in mid-January but was quickly declared asymptomatic.
Asked if she was scared to have coronavirus, she said – “No, I wasn’t scared because I wasn’t scared to die”.
For those interested, Sr Andre has a secret to her longevity – “pray and drink a cup of chocolate every day”.
She was also reported as saying, “Daily happiness is being able to go and pray”.
While she is blind and in a wheelchair, Sr Andre has never lost her sense of humour and said she “hopes God won’t be too slow” on making her wait any longer for Him.
Born in 1904, Sr Andre was born during the papacy of Pope Pius X and has seen 10 popes in her lifetime.
She was raised in Alès, a town in the Occitanie region of southern France, and grew up in a protestant family before she converted to Catholicism at the age of 19.
She cared for the elderly people and orphaned children at a hospital for 28 years.
In 1944, at the height of the Second World War, she joined the Daughters of Charity at the age of 40.
She took on the name Sister Andre, named after her brother who died.
Pope Francis sent her a personal letter and a blessed rosary on her 115th birthday.