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Pope Francis Personally Calls Kiosk Owner To Cancel Newspaper Subscription In Argentina

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Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected the 266th pope of the Catholic Church last week and took on the name Francis. Like any other person moving to a new city (in his case - The Vatican), there were a few things he needed to get in order, like canceling his newspaper subscription in his home city.

Pope Francis personally called the owner of the kiosk who delivered his daily newspaper to cancel his subscription. The Catholic News Agency reported that the kiosk owner's son, Daniel Del Regno, picked up the phone and thought someone was playing a prank on him.

"Seriously, it’s Jorge Bergoglio, I’m calling you from Rome," the Pope reportedly said.

Speaking to Buenos Aires' La Nacion, Del Regno said:

I was in shock, I broke down in tears and didn’t know what to say. He thanked me for delivering the paper all this time and sent best wishes to my family ... I told him to take care and that I would miss him. I asked him if there would ever be the chance to see him here again. He said that for the time being that would be very difficult, but that he would always be with us.

Pope Francis has won attention for some of his more down-to-earth behavior. As cardinal, he took the bus to work instead of a chauffeured limousine. Even hours after he was elected pope, he rode on a minibus with cardinals instead of taking a car with a chauffeur.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this post incorrectly referred to the Catholic News Agency as Catholic Daily News.

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