On July 26, 2020, Pope Francis telephoned the mother of a young man who died in a road accident last autumn.

“It was 4:20 pm when my mobile rang this Sunday afternoon,” said Cinzia Desiati to the Interris site. “Unknown number . . . Curious, I answered right away and, at the other end, a very soft voice said to me: ‘Hello, is it Mrs Cinzia? I’m Pope Francis.’”

The mother of Fabrizio Di Bitetto, 21, the young Roman who lost his life in a road accident on October 5, 2019, in Rome’s EUR zone, expressed her surprise. “I thought it was a joke. I said so to him and he reassured me immediately saying to me ‘everyone thinks it’s a joke when I call,’ but it was his voice.”

Praise the Lord

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