It has been reported by both Catholic and international media sources since Sunday that Pope Francis personally called the brother of an Italian murder victim after receiving a heart-wrenching letter from the gentlemen about his inability to forgive the young men who took his brother's life.
Michele Ferri, from the Northern Italian city of Pesaro, received the surprise telephone call from the Vatican last Wednesday. On his Facebook page, Ferri had written of his brother's death that “the more time that passes, the more the sorrow grows.” Addressing his sorrow to God on Facebook, Ferri wrote that One month later he wrote, “I have always forgiven you for everything God, but not this time, this time I won't forgive you.” It was at this time that Michele Ferri, in his grief, penned a letter to the Vicar of Christ. "He told me he cried when he read the letter I wrote to him," Ferri told the London Daily Telegraph's Josephine McKenna in a story for that paper.
Francis' uniquely pastoral approach to the Chair of Peter has won him praise from around the world, as well as within the online community of the Catholic blogosphere, where his predecessor Benedict XVI was much admired. The Pope's highly personable approach has also included visiting Vatican employees at their various places of work in order to see how the operations of the Holy See are carried out on a daily basis, from janitors to printers, drivers to priests, deacons to cardinals. The papal tours are seen by some as part of a lengthy process begun by Francis' predecessor to reform the Roman Curia which the Holy Father seems determined to carry out.