Sam has a direct line to the Vatican
NINE-YEAR-OLD Sam McNally must be the envy of his school friends as he has a very special and distinguished pen pal.
Sam, who lives at The Paddock in Enniscorthy, and is a third-class pupils at St Aidan’s Primary School, received a belated Christmas card from Pope Francis last Tuesday.
His mother Patricia explained that Sam made his own Christmas cards towards the end of 2015, and as you do, he sent one off to the Pope. He thought no more about it, but last week, when he arrived home from school, an envelope bearing the Papal stamp was waiting for him.
‘He opened it when he got in from school, and in it was the Pope’s official Christmas card and a picture of Pope Francis,’ said Patricia. ‘They were accompanied by an acknowledgement letter from Monsignor Wells, the Pope’s Assessor.’
The letter states ‘His Holiness Pope Francis is pleased to acknowledge the thoughtful message sent to him for Christmas and the New Year. He very much appreciates the sentiments expressed. Upon all who have greeted him during this holy season his Holiness invokes an abundance of joy in Christ the Prince of Peace.’
Patricia said that Sam had a smile from ear to ear when he opened the letter.
‘This is the second year in a row that he has received a Christmas card back from the Pope,’ she said. ‘I think it is a beautiful gesture from Pope Francis and it just shows the importance that he places on the personal touch. Pope Francis must receive hundreds of thousands of Christmas greetings each year, and for him to reply, says a lot about the kind of person that he is. I think that he is just amazing the way he is reaching out to so many people in so many different ways.’