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Pope Francis calls to console a rape victim

Woman says she was 'petrified' when voice on the phone said "it's the pope"

Pope Francis calls to console a rape victim

Picture: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

CNA/EWTN News
Vatican City

August 29, 2013

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A 44-year-old woman from Argentina said that after writing a letter to Pope Francis telling him that she had been raped by a local police officer, the Pope called her to tell her, “You are not alone.”

“The Pope told me he receives thousands of letters each day, but that what I wrote moved him and touched his heart,” the woman said in an interview with the National University of Cordoba’s Canal 10 TV station.

“When I heard the Pope’s voice, it was like feeling the hand of God,” she said.

The woman explained that in her letter, she asked the Holy Father for help and explained that she had been raped on two occasions by a police officer, who later threatened her.

On Sunday afternoon, her cell phone rang, and when she asked who it was, the voice said, “It’s the Pope.”

“I was petrified,” she confessed.

The conversation lasted about half an hour and centered on “faith and trust.”

“The Pope listened attentively to my story,” the woman said. “I’ll do anything now to go to the Vatican. He told me he would meet with me.”

Full Story: Rape victim consoled, encouraged by call from Pope Francis 

Source: Catholic News Agency

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