Phone-a-Pope Francis – Gimmick?

Phone-a-Pope Francis – Gimmick?

Phone-a-Pope Francis - Gimmick?

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. (Click on photo to read entire report).

The pontiff has responded to a number of letters by telephoning his correspondents.

I’m going to try it. He already receives the newsletter every bi-month, but I think a personal letter with my phone number boldly displayed, might do the trick.

What do you think I should say if and when he rings?

Comments (17)

  • pewcatholic

    You need to speak Italian or Spanish to do the job properly. But maybe you do, of course.

    September 6, 2013 at 4:18 pm
    • editor

      Don’t tell me we have a pope who cannot speak English? Since he can do just about everything else, I do not believe it!

      September 6, 2013 at 5:06 pm
  • Petrus

    That should disqualify a candidate for the papacy!

    September 6, 2013 at 6:00 pm
  • pewcatholic

    I may be wrong, but I understand he can’t speak English or French, which is why Mgr Cushley was so valuable to him. But I agree with Petrus – it should be an essential qualification, and if he doesn’t speak English he should start learning! Unless we are all supposed to phone him in Latin?

    September 6, 2013 at 6:36 pm
  • pewcatholic

    I meant ‘write to him in Latin’, of course. He’s the one who does the phoning!

    September 6, 2013 at 6:37 pm
    • Josephine

      Maybe someone in the Vatican will complain when the huge phone bills start arriving, and tell him the money would have been better spent given to the poor!

      September 6, 2013 at 11:17 pm
      • Miles Immaculatae

        Good one Josephine

        September 6, 2013 at 11:41 pm
  • Theresa Rose

    I wonder, pew catholic, if he would/could answer in Latin.

    September 6, 2013 at 10:34 pm
  • Josephine

    “What do you think I should say if and when he rings?”

    I guess you’ll think of something!

    I hope you just let rip!

    September 6, 2013 at 11:16 pm
  • Miles Immaculatae

    Do we know for sure he actually knows Latin even? There are thousands of priests who don’t.

    I seem to remember reading somewhere that he knows French, as well as well as Spanish and Italian.

    I don’t think English is necessary per se.

    I would say fluency in French, Italian and Latin is most important for the papacy and any high ranking ecclesiastic.

    I remember a lecturer saying to us that to understand the European condition, one must know French, German and Latin.

    September 6, 2013 at 11:48 pm
    • pewcatholic

      Now of what nationality was that lecturer?

      September 7, 2013 at 12:09 am
      • Miles Immaculatae

        I can’t remember which lecturer it was, but he was definitely either Scottish or Czech.

        September 7, 2013 at 12:48 am
  • Miles Immaculatae

    My friend wrote a letter to a bishop he once met whom he admires. I he received a personal reply (by mail) from him. I believe the letter expressed his sentiments about various religious and ecclesial matters.

    He wrote a similar letter to Pope Benedict XVI and received a reply from an official of the apostolic palace, which mentioned the Holy Father had been made known of my friends concerns and imparting the Holy Father’s blessing.

    When I wrote to the Pope I received no such reply. Perhaps because my letter mentioned a request for the consecration of Russia? It was probably thrown straight onto to ‘mad-trad’ pile. The lower orders of papal letter openers are probably instructed to do this. The popes probably have little idea that they frequently receive such requests in the post.

    September 7, 2013 at 1:29 am
  • crofterlady

    “What do you think I should say if and when he rings”.

    Can’t imagine YOU being lost for words!!!!

    September 7, 2013 at 2:45 pm
  • Constantine the Great

    He will probably reverse the charges in your case.

    September 7, 2013 at 10:38 pm
  • catholicconvert1

    Wow, the Pope rings people up!!!!!!!!!! I’m after a Papal autograph, if I left my telephone number do you think His Holiness would give me bell? Doubt it- I’m not a pregnant woman. To tell you something I’m going off the Pope, as this whole humility thing is a bit wearing now. I wonder if his successor will dig out the red shoes or the mozzetto? You can be humble and still accept your authority. Look at Pius X who had the most ostentatious Papacy of the 20thC. but still let thousands of earthquake victims into St John Lateran, or Pius XII who ministered to the Romans at the end of WWII.

    Anyway if anybody knows of anybody in the Vatican who could ‘help’ with a wee autograph don’t hesitate to tell me. I’ll pray for you (although I do anyway)

    catholicconvert1

    September 9, 2013 at 8:37 pm
  • Miles Immaculatae

    http://www.catholicreview.org/article/home/pope-calling-folks-is-no-big-deal-media-reports-just-tip-of-iceberg

    September 17, 2013 at 1:21 am

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