Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness.
The Dalai Lama
My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
About Pope Francis
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 baptize her illegitimate child, the Pope told her that if she had any trouble he would personally hold the baptism….
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.”