WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night Pope Francis made an unscheduled visit with the Little Sisters of the Poor.

The visit, according to Father Federico Lombardi, a papal spokesman, was a “sign of support for them” in their legal fight.

“The Holy Father spoke to each of us individually, from the youngest postulant to our centenarian, and then he spoke to all of us about the importance of our ministry to the elderly,” said Sister Constance Veit, Communications Director of the Little Sisters of the Poor. “We were deeply moved by his encouraging words.”