Pope personally calls Padua student after he sent letter

Nineteen-year-old and Francis 'joked, laughed on call'

Pope personally calls Padua student after he sent letter

Venice, August 22 - Nineteen-year-old engineering student Stefano Cabizza received the surprise of his life when he received a call from Pope Francis the day after he had delivered a letter to the pontiff, according to reports Thursday. Padua University student Cabizza said he remained speechless for several seconds after the pope introduced himself on the phone. The day before the call he had sent a letter to the pontiff at Castel Gandolfo, the traditional papal summer residence. The young man said he couldn't believe his luck, adding that the two of them laughed and joked for some eight minutes during the telephone conversation. He said the pontiff called him at 17:00 local time after a previous attempt to contact him earlier in the day was unsuccessful. Cabizza said the pontiff blessed him, and that he felt an immediate sense of strength afterwards. He added that he considered it to be the best day of his life. The pontiff has been known for similar initiatives, since he takes it upon himself to make unexpected calls as well as contact switchboards directly when trying to contact someone he has no direct number for.

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