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How a phone call from the Pope saved a baby

A woman has described how she decided to keep her baby after a phone call from Pope Francis. She told her story to Credere, an Italian Catholic publication. It was then picked up by aleteia.org.

Anna, as the woman was called, had become pregnant after an affair with a married man. He put pressure on her to have an abortion. Before going through with it, she wrote a letter to the Pope. Then an unknown number popped up on her mobile screen. Francis told her that a child was a gift of God. “His words filled my heart with joy,” Anna said. “He told me that I had been very courageous and strong for my baby.”

She said he added that he was convinced she would not have a problem finding a spiritual father. “And anyway,” he said, according to Anna, “if that’s not the case, know that I am always here.”

Enough lies about Francis to fill a book

La Stampa correspondent Andrea Tornielli reported on a new book, Fake Pope, by Nello Scavo and Roberto Beretta, which documents lies and myths about Pope Francis.

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