Pope Francis surprised a 19-year-old student from Padua University in Italy with a telephone call, after the young man sent a letter to the Pope the previous day, according to La Gazetta del Mezzogiorno.
Engineering student Stefano Cabizza told the media that he was speechless, after the Pope introduced himself on the call. The call, in fact, was the second one the Pope had placed to the student, as the first attempt to reach him was reportedly unsuccessful.
According to news reports, the two spoke for about eight minutes. Cabizza said the two joked and laughed for much of the conversation, and the Holy Father blessed the young student. Cabizza said it was the best day of his life.
Earlier in his papacy, many were moved when Pope Francis hugged and kissed a disabled 8-year-old boy, who was the son of a theology professor at Providence College, in St. Peter's Square on Easter Sunday.
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