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You've got mail, Pope Francis. Lots of it

Published on Jan 31, 2014 8:14 PM

VATICAN CITY (REUTERS) - He's nowhere near Santa Claus yet, but Pope Francis gets so much mail that the tiny office that deals with it is swamped and working overtime.

"Mostly, they are requests for comfort or prayers,"Monsignor Giuliano Gallorini, the head of the office, told Vatican Television (CTV).

The office gets about 30 sacks, or about 6,000 letters a week, which would make a yearly total of more than 300,000. The US Postal Service says it gets millions of letters addressed to Santa Claus each year.

Monsignor Gallorini and a staff of three women, including one nun, work in a small, cramped room where cardboard boxes labelled by language are strewn on the floor and on desks.

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