Wow. This is amazing.
The Telegraph reports:
Michele Ferri is the brother of 51-year-old Andrea, a petrol station manager who was allegedly gunned down by two men including one young employee he treated like a son.
The death shocked the north-eastern town of Pesaro.
Michele Ferri wrote a letter to the Pope telling him of his inability to forgive the killers and was shocked when he picked up the telephone on Wednesday evening to hear: “Ciao Michele, it’s Pope Francis.”
At first Mr Ferri thought it was a joke but said he was overcome with emotion when he realised it was really Francis on the line from the Vatican.
“He told me he cried when he read the letter I wrote to him,” Mr Ferri said.
The Pope also asked to speak to Mr Ferri’s mother to express his personal sympathy.
I don’t really have anything to add. But this is truly “pastoral.”