Man apologizes after hanging up twice on pope

Pope Francis laughs during an audience with members of the Cursillos in Christianity movement, in the Paul VI hall, at the Vatican, Thursday, April 30, 2015. (AP)

An Italian man hung the phone up on Pope Francis twice thinking he was being pranked, but later apologized to him personally for his error, Vatican newspaper l’Osservatore Romano reported Thursday

The pontiff, who often contacts strangers who write to him or whose problems he hears about, called Franco Rabuffi on Monday to comfort him as he was sick.

Rabuffi disconnected the call twice thinking the call was a hoax.

When the pope rang back a third time, Rabuffi finally took him seriously.

“I was speechless but Francis came to my rescue, saying that what had happened was funny,” he told the Vatican newspaper.

Rabuffi, along with his wife, appeared before the pope during the Vatican’s general audience on Wednesday and personally apologized for his mistake.

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