A rape victim from Argentina is among several people who recently received a personal phone call from Pope Francis after they wrote to the pontiff.
The woman, identified only as a 44-year-old, told the Canal 10 TV station in Argentina that Francis called to tell her, “You are not alone,” according to the National Catholic Register.
“The Pope told me he receives thousands of letters each day, but that what I wrote moved him and touched his heart,” said the woman, who had written to the pope about being raped by a police officer in Argentina.
She said she wrote to Francis asking for help, adding that the officer had threatened her and raped her two times. The woman told the Argentinian television station that Francis’ words were reassuring.
“When I heard the pope’s voice, it was like feeling the hand of God,” the woman said.
She said she never expected the pope to respond to her missive and was shocked when her phone rang Sunday afternoon and a voice said, “It’s the pope.”
The 44-year-old rape victim said Francis spoke with her for about 30 minutes. The conversation was about “faith and trust,” she said.
“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.”
The woman said she hasn’t felt justice was served, telling Canal 10 TV that local officials allegedly covered up the rapes and wouldn’t even listen to her claims. Adding insult to injury, she said, the police officer who raped her was given a promotion.
But despite the lack of progress in prosecuting her alleged rapist, the woman said she was uplifted by the 76-year-old pope’s phone call.
“Now I know that I am not alone, and I will pick myself up again,” she said. “The Pope told me that I am not alone and that I should have faith that justice will be done.”
The phone call from Pope Francis is not the first time the humble pontiff has spoken to people who have written letters to him.
Stefano Cabizza, an Italian teen and devout Catholic who wrote to the pope about his anxieties about finding a new job, also received a call from Francis.
"I couldn't believe it,” Cabizza told The Telegraph. "He asked me to pray for him and then he gave me a blessing. It was the most beautiful day of my life."
Then there is also the case of an Italian man whose brother was murdered and a Colombian woman who sent Francis a book. The pope called the woman to thank her, Associated Press reported.