Pope phone call to home country Argentina surprises local CatholicsBy Angel Cuala on Mar 20, 2013 in Europe, South America, World •
Updated: March 24, 2013 10:15 a.m.
A pope’s phone call to his home country Argentina from Vatican surprised the local Catholics on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Pope Francis reportedly called at around 3:30 a.m. (local time) to greet his countrymen, before his inauguration mass on the same day at the St. Peter’s Square in Rome, which was attended by around 200,000 people.
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According to a report at News.va that day, thousands of faithful were gathered in Buenos Aires‘ Plaza de Mayo, and watching the live news via large TV screens, when the pope made his surprise phone call. His voice was heard all over the place, as some of the worshipers decide to sleep outside the cathedral.
“Thank you for praying, for your prayers, which I need a lot. I want to ask you a favor that we walk together, that we look after each other…look after life, look after the family, nature. Don’t forget this bishop, who though far away, cares so much for you. Pray for me.” Pope Francis was quoted on his phone call.
Last Thursday, March 14, the pope also made a phone call to a Jesuit motherhouse in Rome, and the call was answered by a doorman, who did not immediately realized that it was Pope Francis he was speaking to. The new pope was then requesting to speak with Father Adolfo Nicolas, the Father General of the Jesuits.
As reported by CatholicNewsAgency.com on Friday, Father Claudio Barriga, SJ, said that the pope phone call was made at around 10 a.m. (Rome time) on Thursday, and that Pope Francis called to thank the Father General for his letter to him after he was elected as the new pope.
Apparently, the doorman, who was identified as Andrew, apologized to the pope for not recognizing his voice at once. Pope Francis immediately forgives him and was humble enough to wait the phone to be passed on to Father Adolfo Nicolas, since it was first handed to Brother Alfonso, the Father General’s private secretary.
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