Pope Francis sent $275 to an elderly woman who told him she had been mugged on a bus, according to the British Daily Mail.
The Venetian woman, in her late 80s, wrote to Francis saying her purse containing $75 had been stolen as she traveled to visit her sick husband in the hospital, according to the Daily Mail.
A mysterious letter then arrived at a parish near her home last week. Fr. Don Gianni Antoniazzi said his hands shook as he opened the envelope from the Vatican secretary of state, according to the Daily Mail.
The priest said he was "overwhelmed with emotion," adding: "It is an extraordinary series of events: Francis knows not only how to interact with people, communicating brilliantly and infusing them with great hope, but also responds to personal requests."
A note signed by Francis' new alms master, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, said: "Please deliver in the manner it deems appropriate, the relevant amount to the lady in question, that it is a gift of His Holiness, who offers her his apostolic blessing accompanied by desired aid and divine comfort for her and for her husband."
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