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Pope telephones woman who refused abortion: offers to baptize her baby
lifesitenews.com ^ | 09/06/2013 | PETER BAKLINSKI

Posted on 09/06/2013 10:58:03 AM PDT by massmike

Anna Romano, 35, couldn’t believe her ears when she picked up the phone a few days ago. On the other end of the telephone was Pope Francis himself, who called to offer to baptize her baby after she refused to have an abortion.

“I was just so surprised that he had telephoned me. He said that he had read my letter and he wanted to speak to me personally about it and reassure me that someone was worried about me,” Anna, hailing from Arezzo near Florence, told the Daily Mail.

Feeling humiliated, betrayed, and that she had no one else to turn to, Anna wrote to Pope Francis a few months ago about her crisis situation. She revealed that she was pregnant with the child of an already married man who had demanded she abort.

In her letter, Anna told the Pope that she would not have an abortion and that she had told the married man to “get out of my life.”

Anna never dreamed of a reply. Then, when she was on holiday, she received the surprising call.

During the call, Pope Francis reassured Anna that a “child was a gift from God, a sign of Divine Providence” and that she would “never be left alone,” Anna remembered.

When Anna told the Pope that she desired baptism for her baby but was afraid that her divorce and her being a single mom would be an obstacle, the Pope said that he would be her “spiritual father” and would baptize the baby himself.

Anna said that if the baby the Pope baptizes is a boy, then she will name him Francis.

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TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events
KEYWORDS: popefrancis

1 posted on 09/06/2013 10:58:03 AM PDT by massmike
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To: massmike

Wow! Imagine that story... I was baptized by the Pope!


2 posted on 09/06/2013 11:02:09 AM PDT by Dubya-M-Dees (Little HOPE... No CHANGE)
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To: massmike

Love that Francis -— he sure knows how to pope.


3 posted on 09/06/2013 11:05:00 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Axios!)
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To: massmike

Wow. Okay, I’m not a Catholic but I’m seriously impressed by this man taking the time to make a phone call HIMSELF instead of handing that off to a secretary...that’s really impressive and it’s also an act of humility befitting someone worthy of the shoes of the Fisherman.


4 posted on 09/06/2013 11:05:13 AM PDT by MeganC (A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don't have one, you'll never need one again.)
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To: Dubya-M-Dees
I can't wait to see all the nasty remarks the Catholic Haters make about this story.

How many of you haters took part in an abortion?
How many of you haters are on your 2nd or 3rd marriage?

I believe what the Holy Father did was beautiful. We get baptized IN the Holy Spirit.

5 posted on 09/06/2013 11:05:29 AM PDT by BarbM (Portuguese Dog--Kenyan president)
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To: BarbM

I think Pope Francis is showing himself to not be as insular as his predecessor. I am not Catholic, but I am impressed by him, and his way to deal with people on an individual basis.


6 posted on 09/06/2013 11:10:38 AM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: massmike

God bless him!


7 posted on 09/06/2013 11:13:25 AM PDT by NEWwoman (God Bless America)
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To: BarbM

“How many of you haters took part in an abortion?
How many of you haters are on your 2nd or 3rd marriage?”

Wow...you show a lot of judgmentalism yourself!

As for the story, what a great pope!
PS: I’m a non-Catholic!


8 posted on 09/06/2013 11:14:51 AM PDT by mdmathis6
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To: massmike
Anna said that if the baby the Pope baptizes is a boy, then she will name him Francis.

What about Frances if it's a girl???

9 posted on 09/06/2013 11:16:36 AM PDT by ssaftler (Oh, hell YEAH!!!! This is absolutely Obama's fault)
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To: Dubya-M-Dees

“Wow! Imagine that story... I was baptized by the Pope!”

Yeah, no pressure growing up with that! :)


10 posted on 09/06/2013 11:18:47 AM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: massmike

Nice work, Pontiff.


11 posted on 09/06/2013 11:19:16 AM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: BarbM

I think it’s a great story, and I wish more Protestant leaders would walk the walk like this guy.

I also think your so-called “Catholic haters” are mostly a figment of your imagination, and you probably need to realize that theological disagreements between Christians are allowed and don’t necessarily constitute “hate”.


12 posted on 09/06/2013 11:23:38 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: BarbM

“I can’t wait to see all the nasty remarks the Catholic Haters make about this story.”


That would be sad. I’m not Catholic but I find the humility and grace of this Pope to mirror my vision of Christ and his life. Humble and serving, bringing people to God with love.


13 posted on 09/06/2013 11:28:27 AM PDT by MWestMom (Psalms 109:8)
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To: MeganC

I agree that was nice.

My wife is catholic and she and her family will not forget his remarks to gays. I think most catholics go by the Bible. It is clear about man with man. I was raised presbyterian and I have no use for gays. “Tolerance is the last thing to go in a society.” Aristotle mentioned that.

We have been told to be tolerant of this, that, and; you name it. I am tired. It is high time we take our nation back and our values back, and; should we refuse to allow these clowns to push their BS on us via tolerance. I am not tolerating Obama and pals nor anything they believe in.


14 posted on 09/06/2013 11:34:00 AM PDT by Lumper20
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To: massmike

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15 posted on 09/06/2013 11:34:38 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: massmike

BEAUTIFUL.

I have sorely neglected pinging, for many reasons. Lost track of a lot of articles I wanted to ping, too.

This one MUST get pinged later on.

So beautiful.


16 posted on 09/06/2013 11:36:11 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: MWestMom

As a non-Catholic I agree, hats off to him.


17 posted on 09/06/2013 11:39:00 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: BigEdLB

Yep, I’m not really with him on governmental or economic issues, but he sure has a keen sensitivity on PR and the common touch.


18 posted on 09/06/2013 11:46:02 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: BigEdLB

Jesus did not tell Peter “you are the rock upon which I will build my Church” only to have that church become insular.

It has been one of my major problems with the Catholic Church. Pope Francis seems intent on fixing it.


19 posted on 09/06/2013 11:57:14 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

“Jesus did not tell Peter “you are the rock upon which I will build my Church”...

You are correct.

He did say, “And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. “

Jesus is the rock! The chief cornerstone. Not Peter.


20 posted on 09/06/2013 12:22:37 PM PDT by avenir (I'm pessimistic about man, but I'm optimistic about GOD!)
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To: 9YearLurker

Exactly...


21 posted on 09/06/2013 12:31:12 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: avenir

Christians for 1600 years knew that Peter was the Rock. Then the heretics came...


22 posted on 09/06/2013 12:51:45 PM PDT by impimp
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To: avenir

My wife agrees with you.The Bible does also.


23 posted on 09/06/2013 5:41:35 PM PDT by Lumper20
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To: BigEdLB

-— I think Pope Francis is showing himself to not be as insular as his predecessor. I am not Catholic, but I am impressed by him, and his way to deal with people on an individual basis. ——

Same Spirit, different gifts. Pope Benedict was more of an intellectual. Pope Francis is more of a Francisan.

The current pope’s style is non-traditional, but refreshing and invigorating.


24 posted on 09/06/2013 5:52:47 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Lumper20

-— It is clear about man with man. -—

The Church’s teaching is clear, and the pope didn’t contradict it. His remarks were misinterpreted. He was distinguishing between the sinner and the sin.


25 posted on 09/06/2013 5:57:26 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: avenir

—— He did say, “And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. “

Jesus is the rock! The chief cornerstone. Not Peter. -—

Jesus said this after changing Simon’s name to Rock, or Kepha in Aramaic.

God’s action of changing a name always signified something of great significance.


26 posted on 09/06/2013 6:09:45 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: mdmathis6

I thought the very same about the judgmentalism myself! I’ve seen a lot of good in Pope Francis - and I’m not Catholic either.


27 posted on 09/06/2013 7:33:32 PM PDT by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Thanks. The news must have been wrong. I had never heard a Pope welcome gays as the Bible is crystal clear about and man.


28 posted on 09/07/2013 7:09:45 AM PDT by Lumper20
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Now, the Pope did say to gays-”Who am I to judge.”Many catholics have a problem with that plus gay priests.” I worry about the forced tolerance of things that are not judeao christian and are merely anti christian. This country was founded by those seeking religious freedom plus freedom from European Gov’s. We have had the very moral, religious, and legal structures that our forefathers so highly valued almost destroyed by the far left from attacks on the traditional family to throwing God out of public and crosses out. We have already seen much that our nation’s founders held so dear questioned by the left and this Pres.Many things have changed and our Pres has had 5 IFTAR dinners at the White House.


29 posted on 09/07/2013 7:40:13 AM PDT by Lumper20
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To: massmike

God bless Pope Francis!


30 posted on 09/07/2013 7:43:51 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: impimp

Winner with a correct answer!


31 posted on 09/07/2013 7:47:53 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Lumper20

“Who am I to judge.”

Hate the sin, love the sinner.


32 posted on 09/07/2013 7:49:27 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

What a hateful thing to post so openly, revealing what is in your heart better than months of posts defending Catholicism.


33 posted on 09/07/2013 7:52:16 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: avenir; Diamond; XeniaSt
Perhaps it is time to post these offerings again at Freerepublic since there is another more obvious answer that ...(we) are missing regarding 'The Rock'. We need only look at the Bible verses to find it:

I believe it was freeper Diamond who offered the following cogent instruction:

15 Jesus saith to them: But whom do you say that I am? 16 Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God. 17 And Jesus answering, said to him: Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:15-18 Douay- Rheims, Catholic Bible)

When Jesus talks about "this rock" he is not referring to Peter, but instead Peter's confession of faith in the preceding verses. Jesus isn't jumping from one subject (that He is the Christ) to another (primacy of Peter). It is a continuation of the same subject - who do people believe that Christ is. If you look at the following verse 20 you can see that Jesus has not changed subject because he is commanding them not to reveal that He is the Christ.

Jesus thus does not declare the primacy of Peter, but rather declares that his church will be built upon the foundation of the revelation of and confession of faith of Jesus as the Christ. The "rock" gentlemen is our faith in Christ. (posted by Between the Lines) ...

[That was so well stated that I would only add, 'faith' is an action word, as in 'to faithe' in the delivering Power and Grace of God through Jesus Christ in the person of the Holy Spirit indwelling the faither.]
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One method of Hermeneutical understanding of Matthew 16:18 is to do a word study of all the scriptures which were then known as the Holy Word of G-d when Y'shua spoke these words. This will allow one to understand that all of the Holy Word of G-d was inspired by YHvH; the whole counsel of G-d.

The only conclusion that one can come to unless you are predisposed to believe in man's tradition over the Holy Word of G-d is that Y'shua was speaking of himself as the "Rock " e.g.

Genesis 49:24 But his bow remained steady, his strong arms stayed [Or archers will attack...will shoot...will remain...will stay] supple, because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob, because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel,

Deuteronomy 32:3 I will proclaim the name of the LORD. Oh, praise the greatness of our God!

Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock , his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.

Deuteronomy 32:15 ..... He abandoned the God who made him and rejected the Rock his Saviour.

Deuteronomy 32:30 How could one man chase a thousand, or two put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, unless the LORD had given them up?

Deuteronomy 32:31 For their rock is not like our Rock , as even our enemies concede

Deuteronomy 32:32 Their vine comes from the vine of Sodom and from the fields of Gomorrah. Their grapes are filled with poison, and their clusters with bitterness.

1 Samuel 2:2 "There is no-one holy [Or no Holy One] like the LORD; there is no-one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.

2 Samuel 22:2 He said: "The LORD is my Rock , my fortress and my deliverer;

2 Samuel 22:3 my God is my Rock , in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn [Horn here symbolises strength.] of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my saviour — from violent men you save me.

2 Samuel 22:32 For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God?

2 Samuel 22:47 "The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock ! Exalted be God, the Rock , my Saviour!

2 Samuel 23:3 The God of Israel spoke, the Rock of Israel said to me: 'When one rules over men in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God,

Psalm 18:31 For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God?

Psalm 18:46 The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock ! Exalted be God my Saviour!

Psalm 19:14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Psalm 42:9 I say to God my Rock , "Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?"

Psalm 78:35 They remembered that God was their Rock , that God Most High was their Redeemer.

Psalm 89:26 He will call out to me, `You are my Father, my God, the Rock my Saviour.'

Psalm 92:15 ..... "YHvH is upright; he is my Rock , and there is no wickedness in him."

Psalm 95:1 Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.

Psalm 144:1 Praise be to the LORD my Rock , who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.

Habakkuk 1:12 O LORD, are you not from everlasting? My God, my Holy One, we will not die. O LORD, you have appointed them to execute judgment; O Rock , you have ordained them to punish.

shalom b'shem Yah'shua (posted by XeniaSt)


34 posted on 09/07/2013 10:03:34 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: massmike
she desired baptism for her baby but was afraid that her divorce and her being a single mom would be an obstacle

If the Catholics teach this, that is the shame in the story. If not, then she is just another poorly catechized Cino.

35 posted on 09/07/2013 10:54:15 AM PDT by xone
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To: Lumper20

—— Now, the Pope did say to gays-”Who am I to judge. ——

When the pope reiterates Jesus’ words, he means them in the sense that the Church believes Christ meant, that we are not to judge the soul of a person, while we can, and must, judge actions themselves.

For example, while sodomy is inherently evil, there can exist circumstances wherein a man who engages in sodomy is not guilty of personal sin.


36 posted on 09/07/2013 2:22:34 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Only the victim if said was tied down, held and violated against His will is innocent.


37 posted on 09/08/2013 9:59:30 AM PDT by Lumper20
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Only the victim if said was tied down, held and violated against His will is innocent.


38 posted on 09/08/2013 10:00:09 AM PDT by Lumper20
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To: Lumper20
Only the victim if said was tied down, held and violated against His will is innocent.

If a man was repeatedly sodomized as a child, or raised by homosexuals, his culpability could be mitigated. There may be other mitigating circumstances.

39 posted on 09/08/2013 10:24:22 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Legal excuses and victimization do not justify sodomizing another. Does my or anyone’s killing in war justify killing you? But; I was trained to do it? I think not! I think we had best quit making excuses about we learned this and therefore.We have laws and need to obey them. We know right and wrong.


40 posted on 09/08/2013 10:54:04 AM PDT by Lumper20
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To: Lumper20
Legal excuses and victimization do not justify sodomizing another.

It's a matter of moral culpability. The act is intrinsically evil.

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

"For a sin to be mortal, three conditions must together be met: Mortal sin is sin whose object is grave matter and which is also committed with full knowledge and deliberate consent."

41 posted on 09/08/2013 2:51:28 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: MHGinTN

Excellent. Thank you.


42 posted on 09/09/2013 11:45:55 AM PDT by avenir (I'm pessimistic about man, but I'm optimistic about GOD!)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

http://ronconte.wordpress.com/2011/04/02/catholic-teaching-on-homosexuality-3-saint-thomas-aquinas/

The Saint whose name you proudly use- seems to disagree.


43 posted on 09/09/2013 3:14:11 PM PDT by Lumper20
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