Argentinian Woman Receives Surprise Call from Pope Francis

Says Telephone Call Returned Faith to Her

Vatican City, (Zenit.org) Staff | 2086 hits

A 44 year old woman from Argentina, who recently denounced a policeman for sexually assaulting her, received a surprise phone call on Sunday by Pope Francis. The Holy Father heard about her situation through a letter she sent him several weeks earlier.

"Yesterday the phone rang and once I answered the person asked if I was Alejandra Pereyra and I said yes and once I asked who it was he said it was Pope Francis. I was completely stunned by the call," she said, adding that the phone call gave her back her faith and confidence. Pereya also said that she will continue to look for justice for what happened to her.

"I am happy. It was as if I was touched by the hand of God, Pereyra told local news station Canal 10, from the Argentinian province of Cordoba.

Pereyra explained that she wrote a letter to the Pope to ask for help due to her concern that the local Justice department was covering for the police she denounced for sexually abusing her. She added that the telephone call allowed her to stand tall again.

During the phone call "he told me that I was not alone" and that despite receiving thousands of letters, it was hers that touched his heart. She added that she would like to visit him, since Pope Francis told her that he would like to personally greet her.