Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Pope Francis distinguishes himself with unique phone style

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Vatican City, April 11 - Pope Francis, the Jesuit
cardinal who was elected in March following the resignation of
Benedict XVI, is gaining attention for, among other things, a
direct communications style via telephone.
A few days after his election he called a Jesuit Order in
Rome to talk to the priest heading it, identifying himself as
"the Pope" to the flabbergasted switchboard operator.
The pontiff also made many other direct phone calls,
including ones to the Plaza de Mayo human rights group in
Argentina, as well as to one to his Buenos Aires neighborhood
newspaper shop to cancel his newspaper subscriptions.
Initially it was chalked up as Pope Francis needing to
become accustomed to his elevated role, but it is becoming
increasingly clear that the direct form of communication he uses
by phoning people directly is more of a personal management
style and reflects the wishes of someone who wants to go about
out his business directly.
The most recent call was made a few days ago to the
Catholic Gregorian University, where two Jesuit professors he
knows teach.
Reports say that he called the switchboard and asked to be
put through to Father Humberto Miguel Yanez Molina, who heads
the department of Moral theology, and Father Damian Guillermo
Astigueta, a professor at the University and editor of the
Periodica De Re Canonica magazine.
Both priests are from Argentina, and have known the pontiff
since he was simply Jorge Bergoglio and in charge of the Jesuit
order in the South American Nation.

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