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Pope Phones Argentine Shoemaker For Shoe Repairs

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VATICAN CITY, April 18 (CNA/EWTN News) .- Pope Francis, who has quickly become known for his austere style, will continue using his simple black shoes and has called his shoemaker from his hometown of Buenos Aires, Argentina to repair them.

For 40 years, 81 year-old Carlos Samaria has provided shoes from his store on the outskirts of the Argentine capital for Pope Francis, who was known before his election to the papacy as Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio.

"Hello Samaria, it's Bergoglio," the phone conversation began.

"But who is this?" the shoemaker responded with surprise.

"Samaria, it's Francis, the Pope!" the Holy Father replied.

According to Vatican Radio's Brazilian program, the Holy Father told Samaria, "No red shoes, make them black like usual."

Samaria said the shoes Pope Francis wears "are simple and made of black leather, with a smooth toe and no decorations.

"If you were to grab one of the Pope's shoes it would feel like a clog, without any adornment but with laces," the shoemaker explained.

"He doesn't want new shows, only that I fix his old ones," Samaria said.

However, he added that he is planning to "make a new but simple pair to be ready for him when he says I can visit, in May."

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