Newly elected Pope Francis’s humility has been often repeated, and this week he gave admirers more evidence that his down-to-earth habits haven’t changed since he ceased being plain old Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio.
The pope made headlines last week after he picked up his bags and hotel bill himself after his election. This week he called personally to cancel his newspaper subscription in Argentina.
As the National Catholic Register relates it, Pope Francis called a newspaper kiosk in Buenos Aires to say he no longer needed a paper delivered. When the owner’s son, Daniel Del Regno, answered, he thought it was a prank.
“Hi Daniel, it’s Cardinal Jorge,” the pope said.
When Del Regno seemed doubtful, he persisted.
“Seriously, it’s Jorge Bergoglio, I’m calling you from Rome,” he said.
That was enough to convince the former cardinal’s newspaper delivery man, who immediately broke down in tears.
“I was in shock, I broke down in tears and didn’t know what to say,” he told Argentinean paper La Nacion. “He thanked me for delivering the paper all this time and sent best wishes to my family.”