Fr Julio Lancellotti was caught by surprise on 10th October when Pope Francis personally called him asking about his work with the homeless.
“I picked up the phone and a voice on the other side of the line asked, ‘Parla Italiano? Hablas Espanol? Qui e Papa Francesco,” the 71-year-old priest told Catholic News Service.
Fr Lancellotti, who has led homeless services for the Archdiocese of Sao Paulo for more than 30 years, said he was taken aback by the call.
“I sent a letter to the pope a while back with photos about the (homeless) situation here in Sao Paulo, but I never expected to get an answer. He (Pope Francis) must get thousands of letters per month,” he said.
Fr Lancellotti told CNS the pope said he had seen the photos and told him he knew of the difficulties the homeless were facing.
“The pope wanted me to transmit to those living in the streets his love and told me to tell them that he prays for them every day. He blessed them and asked us all to pray for him,” said Fr Lancellotti.
Picture: Fr Julio Lancellotti, who has led work with the homeless in Sao Paulo for more than 30 years, was surprised on 10th October 2020, by a call from Pope Francis, asking about his work with the homeless. Fr Lancellotti is pictured in an undated photo. (CNS photo/Luciney Martins, courtesy O Sao Paulo).