“Ciao, it’s Francis.”
Anna Romano, 35, had sent the pope a letter — addressed to “His Holiness Francis, Vatican City.” In it, she poured out her heart: Romano thought her boyfriend was the man of her dreams. But when she found out she was pregnant, instead of being happy, he told her he was already married and to get an abortion. She told him to get lost.
“At the beginning, I thought it was a joke,” Romano says of the pope’s phone call. “But then he referred to the letter, which only my best friend and my parents knew about.”
When Romano told the pope that she feared no priest would baptize her child because it would be illegitimate, Francis told her that if she had any trouble he would baptize the baby himself.
“The Pope told me I was very brave and strong to decide to keep my baby,” she says.