Pope Francis is known for his informal style. This has charmed the masses, but doesn’t work so well over the phone.
According to a story in the Daily Mail, the pontiff rang a Vatican receptionist directly, which is apparently a papal no-no. The disbelieving man thought the call was a prank, and said, “Oh, yes? And I’m Napoleon.”
Luckily, Francis has the patience of a saint, and he convinced the man he was the real deal.
The pope wanted to be connected with Adolfo Nicolas, the superior general of his old Jesuit order, according to the Mail.
He told the disbeliever, “I really am Pope Francis. Do not worry, Andreas, just connect me with Father General, I would like to thank him for the charming letter.”