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Sunday 20 April 2014

'Hi, it's the Pope' – Francis phones to comfort sex attack victim

THE Pope has struck again with his habit of telephoning ordinary people who have sent him letters, calling a woman in his native Argentina who was allegedly raped by a policeman.

Alejandra Pereyra (44), said she felt she had been "touched by the hand of God" after receiving the phone call from Pope Francis, who has established a reputation for phoning people who have written to him .

Ms Pereyra wrote to the Pope (76), who was archbishop of Buenos Aires before being elected pontiff in March, about 10 days ago, saying that she had been raped by a policeman but that the authorities in Argentina had tried to suppress her complaint and that the officer had received a promotion.

"At about 3.30pm (on Sunday), my mobile phone rang and when I asked who it was, he responded, 'The Pope'," she told an Argentinian television network. "I just froze." They had a conversation of about half an hour.

On Monday Pope Francis called the mother of an Italian petrol station owner shot dead in a robbery in June. (©Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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