Pope telephones woman who refused abortion: offers to baptize her baby
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Following is the story that goes with the headline.........though both stories about Pope Pius X baptizing the baby of the divorced woman & this one about the now single Mother who refused an abortion are awe-inspiring


Pope telephones woman who refused abortion: offers to baptize her baby
BY PETER BAKLINSKI
Fri Sep 06, 2013 11:54 ESTTags: Pope Francis


ROME, September 6, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Anna Romano, 35, couldn’t believe her ears when she picked up the phone a few days ago. On the other end of the telephone was Pope Francis himself, who called to offer to baptize her baby after she refused to have an abortion.

“I was just so surprised that he had telephoned me. He said that he had read my letter and he wanted to speak to me personally about it and reassure me that someone was worried about me,” Anna, hailing from Arezzo near Florence, told the Daily Mail.

Feeling humiliated, betrayed, and that she had no one else to turn to, Anna wrote to Pope Francis a few months ago about her crisis situation. She revealed that she was pregnant with the child of an already married man who had demanded she abort.

In her letter, Anna told the Pope that she would not have an abortion and that she had told the married man to “get out of my life.”

Anna Romano
Anna Romano
Anna never dreamed of a reply. Then, when she was on holiday, she received the surprising call.

"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," Anna told Italy's Corriere della Sera.

“We were only on the phone for a few minutes but my heart was filled with joy, as we spoke I was rubbing my tummy at the same time,” she told the Daily Mail. “I would never have imagined that the Pope would pick up a telephone and call me and speak to me as if I was a dear friend.”

During the call, Pope Francis reassured Anna that a “child was a gift from God, a sign of Divine Providence” and that she would “never be left alone,” Anna remembered.

“He said that as Christians we should never be afraid," she said. “He told me I had been very brave and strong for my unborn child.”

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When Anna told the Pope that she desired baptism for her baby but was afraid that her divorce and her being a single mom would be an obstacle, the Pope said that he would be her “spiritual father” and would baptize the baby himself.

“I’m not sure if he will,” said Anna, who said she can only think back to the call as if it were a dream. “But if he did baptize my baby it would be something else. That telephone call has changed my life.”

Anna said that if the baby the Pope baptizes is a boy, then she will name him Francis.
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(09-06-2013, 08:25 PM)Geremia Wrote: Pope telephones woman who refused abortion: offers to baptize her baby

This reminds me of a story of Pope St. Pius X:
Quote:An English lady, who had a private audience with the Pope, brought her little boy of four years old to receive his blessing. While she was talking with the Holy Father the child stood at a little distance looking on; but presently, when the low-toned conversation seemed at an end, he crept up to the Pope, put his hands on his knees and looked up trustfully into his face.

"How old is he?" asked Pius X., stroking the little head.

"He is four," answered the mother, "and in two or three years I hope he will make his first Communion."

The Pope looked earnestly into the child s clear eyes.

"Whom do you receive in Holy Communion?" he asked.

"Jesus Christ," was the prompt answer.

"And who is Jesus Christ?"

"Jesus Christ is God," replied the little boy, no less quickly.

"Bring him to me to-morrow," said the Pope, turning to the mother, "and I will give him Holy Communion myself."
:)

Thanks for this beautiful thread.

Do you or anyone else reading this have the official mailing address for the Holy Father? If we want to mail him an actual letter.
How about an email address as well.
What about the twitter account?

Also, how about an address for Pope Benedict XVI as well? Thanks so much. Pax.
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