The 76-year-old Pope Francis (pictured) has a fondness for making calls the old-fashioned way, using land lines and placing the calls himself, often surprising recipients by simply announcing "It's the pope."
After his election in March, Francis reportedly called his newspaper stand in Buenos Aires to cancel his daily delivery and his shoemaker to tell him not to bother with papal red leather loafers but to keep making his regular black orthotics.
Beppe Severgnini, a noted humorist and Corriere columnist, is offering tips for responding in case the Pope calls (see link below).
I shan’t worry about a call from Pope Francis.
I don’t have a land line.
And besides, he probably isn’t too keen on making cold calls to non-Catholics. However, it would be fun to chat with him.