Pope Phones Home, Cancels Newspaper

Seems the former cardinal forgot to end his subscription

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 25, 2013 1:04 PM CDT

(Newser) – The guy who started the first day of his papacy by settling his hotel bill is running more errands: This time it was an Argentine newspaper vendor left with his mouth hanging open when someone named "Cardinal Jorge" called up to cancel his longtime subscription, reports the BBC. "Seriously, it's Jorge Bergoglio, I'm calling you from Rome," Pope Francis told a disbelieving Daniel Del Regno. "I was in shock, I broke down in tears and didn't know what to say," Del Regno says. "He thanked me for delivering the paper all this time and sent best wishes to my family."

"I asked him if there would ever be the chance to see him here again," continues Del Regno. "He said that for the time being that would be very difficult, but that he would always be with us." Del Regno says he asked then-Cardinal Bergoglio as he was heading for the papal conclave in Rome if he thought he had a shot at the white hat. Responded Bergoglio: "That is too hot to touch. See you in 20 days, keep delivering the paper."

Pope Francis greets faithful after celebrating his first Palm Sunday Mass, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, March 24, 2013.
Pope Francis greets faithful after celebrating his first Palm Sunday Mass, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, March 24, 2013.   (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis greets faithful after celebrating his first Palm Sunday Mass, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, March 24, 2013.
Pope Francis greets faithful after celebrating his first Palm Sunday Mass, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, March 24, 2013.   (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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