Gov. Susana Martinez said she is uncertain why Vice President Joe Biden invited her to attend the recent installation Mass for Pope Francis, but she believes her late mother played a role.
As a member of a small, official U.S. delegation, Martinez sat about 20 yards from the canopied altar in St. Peter’s Square, where Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was installed as the 266th pope on March 19.
Throughout the ceremony, Martinez clutched a youthful photograph of her mother, Paula Martinez, attending First Holy Communion.
Paula Martinez died of cancer in 2006 at age 71, seven years to the day before Pope Francis’ installation, and Martinez said she believes her mother played some role in Martinez’s selection in the U.S. delegation.