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Pope telephones woman who refused abortion: offers to baptize her baby


PETER BAKLINSKI

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9/6/2013

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ABSTRACTPope telephones woman who refused abortion: offers to baptize her baby | LifeSiteNews.com facebook twitter Edition: US CANADA INTERNATIONAL Mobile Site Skip to Main Content   LifeSiteNews.com Life, Family and Culture News HOME ABOUT SUBSCRIBE ADVERTISE ARCHIVE CONTACT US DONATE NEWS OPINION BLOGS RESOURCES Abortion Bioethics Contraception Culture of Life Editorial Euthanasia Faith Family Freedom Homosexuality Newsbytes Politics Population Control Stem Cells Abortion Bioethics Contraception Culture of Life Editorial Euthanasia Faith Family Freedom Homosexuality Newsbytes Politics Population Control Stem Cells Abortion Bioethics Contraception Culture of Life Editorial Euthanasia Faith Family Freedom Homosexuality Newsbytes Politics Population Control Stem Cells On the Beat Lila Rose Fr. Frank Pavone Alex Schadenberg Daniel McConchie Chestertonians for Life Students for Life of America Get Help Get Informed Get Involved Special Reports Development and Peace News Print Article   |   Email Friend   |  Reprint Permissions Pope telephones woman who refused abortion: offers to baptize her baby by Peter Baklinski Fri Sep 06, 2013 11:54 EST Tags: pope francis Tweet Anna Romano ROME, September 6, 2013 ( LifeSiteNews.com ) – Anna Romano, 35, couldn’t believe her ears when she picked up the phone a few days ago. On the other end of the telephone was Pope Francis himself, who called to offer to baptize her baby after she refused to have an abortion. “I was just so surprised that he had telephoned me. He said that he had read my letter and he wanted to speak to me personally about it and reassure me that someone was worried about me,” Anna, hailing from Arezzo near Florence,  told  the Daily Mail . Feeling humiliated, betrayed, and that she had no one else to turn to, Anna wrote to Pope Francis a few months ago about her crisis situation. She revealed that she was pregnant with the child of an already married man who had demanded she abort. In her letter, Anna told the Pope that she would not have an abortion and that she had told the married man to “get out of my life.” Anna never dreamed of a reply. Then, when she was on holiday, she received the surprising call. "At the beginning I thought it was a joke, but then he referred to the letter, which only my best friend and my parents knew about," Anna told Italy's Corriere della Sera . “We were only on the phone for a few minutes but my heart was filled with joy, as we spoke I was rubbing my tummy at the same time,” she told the Daily Mail . “I would never have imagined that the Pope would pick up a telephone and call me and speak to me as if I was a dear friend.” During the call, Pope Francis reassured Anna that a “child was a gift from God, a sign of Divine Providence” and that she would “never be left alone,” Anna remembered. “He said that as Christians we should never be afraid," she said. “He told me I had been very brave and strong for my unborn child.” Click "like" to support Catholics Restoring the Culture! When Anna told the Pope that she desired baptism for her baby but was afraid that her divorce and her being a single mom would be an obstacle, the Pope said that he would be her “spiritual father” and would baptize the baby himself. “I’m not sure if he will,” said Anna, who said she can only think back to the call as if it were a dream. “But if he did baptize my baby it would be something else. That telephone call has changed my life.” Anna said that if the baby the Pope baptizes is a boy, then she will name him Francis. Click to Donate Send News Tips Subscribe to Newsletters view all stories on one page view last 10 days archives special reports Share this article: Comments Commenting Guidelines LifeSiteNews welcomes thoughtful, respectful comments that add useful information or insights. Demeaning, hostile or propagandistic comments, and streams not related to the storyline, will be removed. LSN commenting is not for frequent personal blogging, on-going debates or theological or other disputes between commenters. Multiple comments from one person under a story are discouraged (suggested maximum of three). Capitalized sentences or comments will be removed (Internet shouting). LifeSiteNews gives priority to pro-life, pro-family commenters and reserves the right to edit or remove comments. Comments under LifeSiteNews stories do not necessarily represent the views of LifeSiteNews. Amazing, since when he was elected they said he does not speak English. Posted by JMJT on 2013-09-07 09:18:27 AN awesome example of who we are to be. We are as nothing before God and should never judge or keep others from God. We also should make sure to bring others to confession so they will not be separated from God Posted by toTelltheTruth1123 on 2013-09-07 09:09:27.......