Pope makes telephone call to unwed mother
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#1 Sep 7, 2013
Pope Francis promises to baptise unmarried woman's child in latest phone call
In a surprise phone call to a pregnant, unmarried Italian woman, Pope Francis has promised to baptise her child if she cannot find a priest to do it.
By Tom Kington in Rome 9:50AM BST 06 Sep 2013
In the latest of a series of candid phone calls to Catholics who have written to him, the Pope took pity on Anna Romano, 35, who wrote explaining she had discovered the man she was pregnant by was married.
Answering the call on her mobile phone on Tuesday, Romano said she was "speechless" when the pope greeted her.
"At the beginning I thought it was a joke, but then he referred to the letter, which only my best friend and my parents knew about," she told Italy's Corriere della Sera.
In her letter, which she had addressed to "His Holiness Francis, Vatican City", Romano wrote that her boyfriend had revealed he was married when she told him she was pregnant. "He left me, telling me he had no intention of taking care of the baby," she said. The man also told her to have an abortion, advice she was determined to ignore.
Forgetting about the letter, she departed for a holiday with her family, only to receive the call.
Explaining to the Pope that she feared no priest would baptise her illegitimate child, the Pope told her that if she had any trouble he would personally hold the baptism.
"The Pope told me I was very brave and strong to decide to keep my baby," she said.
The Pope has bolstered his popular appeal by picking up the phone at his residence in the Vatican and calling people out of the blue.
Immediately after his election in March he rang his newsagent in Buenos Aries to cancel his newspaper subscription and also called his dentist to cancel an appointment.
Last month he reportedly rang an Italian man, Michele Ferri, who had written to him after his brother was murdered.
"Ciao Michele, it's Pope Francis," the pope said when Ferri picked up.
"He told me he had cried when he read the letter I had written him," Ferri said.
He has also rung to chat to an Italian teenager who wrote to him about his hopes of finding a job after graduating, and telephoned Alejandra Pereyra, 44, an Argentinian women, to back her denouncing of a police officer she says raped her at gunpoint.
"I started crying," she said. "With an angelic voice, he told me to be calm and that he was calling because he had read my letter and my story struck him."
#2 Sep 7, 2013
#3 Sep 7, 2013
I really like the new Pope. He is a breath of fresh air.
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