Pope Francis has spoken about his wife, the Beatrice of Assisi, who died in 1622 and was the wife of the Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury.
The pontiff has previously spoken of the importance of women in the church.
In 2016, the Pope said of Beatrice, “She is an absolutely beautiful woman, she has the gift of God, she is the mother of my family, she made me a father, she gave me a new way of life, she was my mother, she always was.”
The Beatrice who was the second wife of King Henry VIII had been declared illegitimate and had no children.
The Duke of York and Duchess of Cornwall were the last to recognize her.
In a speech on the first anniversary of the Queen’s coronation, Francis said, “My beloved Beatrice was not only a woman, but a person of grace, an exceptional woman of God.”
During a visit to a Vatican orphanage last week, Francis announced that the first Vatican child is a girl.