A woman who sent a letter to Pope Francis after having her purse stolen has received quite the surprise as the Pope sent a check to the woman at her local parish.
The pontiff is known for occasionally surprising people with a call to offer some guidance or advice, but this letter with the check caught the unnamed Venetian woman’s local priest off-guard.
Clergyman Don Gianni Antoniazzi opened the letter to find a check and a note signed by Francis’ new alms master Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, according to the New York Daily News.
The note read: “Please deliver in the manner it deems appropriate, the relevant amount to the lady in question, that it is a gift of His Holiness, who offers her his apostolic blessing accompanied by desired aid and divine comfort for her and for her husband.”
Mail Online reports that the woman who sent the letter to Pope Francis is in her late 80s and that her purse had 54 euros in it at the time it was taken.
The check from Pope Francis was for 200 euros, approximately $270.
“It is an extraordinary series of events: Francis knows not only how to interact with people, communicating brilliantly and infusing them with great hope, but also responds to personal requests,” an overwhelmed Antoniazzi reportedly said.
The check was cashed by the priest and money was given to the woman who sent the original note.
Mail Online also reports that Pope Francis announced that he would auction his Harley Davidson motorbike to collect funds for a hostel for the homeless.
The Harley was given to the Pope earlier this year when he addressed a group of 35,000 bikers.