The newspaper kiosk — run by Luis Del Regno and his son, Daniel — thought it was a prank when they received a call from a man saying he was “Cardinal Jorge,” reports the BBC.
It wasn’t. Pope Francis was calling them directly to say that he wouldn’t be needing his daily newspaper anymore. Del Regno said that the Pope had to say, “Seriously, it’s Jorge Bergoglio, I’m calling you from Rome.”
“I was in shock, I broke down in tears and didn’t know what to say. He thanked me for delivering the paper all this time and sent best wishes to my family,” Del Regno told the Argentian newspaper La Nacion.
Daniel Del Regno says he spoke with the Pope before he left for Rome for the Conclave about whether he’d be elected. He says then-Cardinal Bergoglio told him to keep delivering his paper every day.