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The Feast of Saint Matthew the Apostle

So, a retired minister and humorist wrote to the Pope…

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Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 05/12/17

…And he actually got a reply.

Awesome story:

 You send someone a gift; you get a thank you letter. Not surprising. You send a gift to the Pope, who knows what will happen? Dr. William Abersold of Highland can tell you. Last November, the author and Ph.D sent his book “Words about God” to Pope Francis. Then waited and waited. The agony ended in April when the mail arrived with an envelope marked the Vatican. Abersold couldn’t believe his eyes. “I was overwhelmed…overwhelmed,” he explains. His wife, Stella, thought a reply would never come. “I thought he was crazy. I didn’t think the Pope would even see it.” But the Vatican letter says otherwise. Monsignor Paolo Borgia, Assessor for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State wrote “His Holiness Pope Francis was pleased to receive the gift which was kindly sent to him. He appreciates the devoted sentiments which prompted this thoughtful presentation.” Borgia went on to write “The Holy Father gives the assurance of a remembrance in his prayers and he sends his blessings.” Abersold started to share his good news. “Every Catholic I know, and I know a lot of them, I’ve told them about it.”

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