Madrid, Spain, Feb 13, 2017 / 16:28 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Josefa Rodríguez and Amaro Pesquero were not expecting to receive a letter from Pope Francis.
But that's exactly what happened last September, when the Pope himself thanked them in his own handwriting for the donation they had made for the persecuted Christians in the Middle East.
Josefa and Amaro are a married couple from Fuenlabrada, Madrid, Spain, who made a pilgrimage to Rome on the occasion of the Holy Year of Mercy in August 2016.
“My wife bought a prayer book on Divine Mercy and got in contact with this apostolate so they could send her more books so she could to give them away to others. Then they informed her that there was going to be a pilgrimage to Rome and we signed up,” Amaro Pesquero told CNA.
But in addition to going on pilgrimage for the Jubilee, the retired couple brought a gift that they had gathered together with a lot of effort and that they wanted to give to the Holy Father: a sum of money they wished to donate for the persecuted Christians.