Pope Francis Says Therapy Helped Him

Pope Francis recently disclosed that he once attended therapy for six months to help him “clarify some things” in his life.

The pontiff made the revelation during one of a dozen interviews he had with French sociologist Dominique Wolton, the bulk of which will soon be published in a book titled Pope Francis: Politics and Society.

At the age of 42, Francis said, he received weekly sessions with a psychoanalyst who helped him through a difficult time of his life.

“For six months, I went to her home once a week to clarify a few things. She was a doctor and psychoanalyst. She was always there,” Francis, who is now 80, told Wolton, according to reports. The pontiff noted that the therapist was Jewish and called him shortly before she died for “spiritual dialogue.”