Pope Francis: His Life in His Own Words: Conversations with Jorge Bergoglio

By Francesca Ambrogetti, Sergio Rubín

On March thirteen, 2013, the previous Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, longtime Archbishop of Buenos Aires, now Pope Francis, used to be elected to be successful Pope Benedict. he's the 1st Latin American pope, the 1st Jesuit pope, and the 1st to take the identify Francis, after St. Francis Assisi, the thirteenth century monk identified for his charity and kindness.

Elected in a single of the shortest conclaves in background, the previous Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina finds, in a chain of in depth interviews carried out over the process years, the very photograph of a humble priest, encouraged instructor, and clever and adroit cardinal. What emerges is a portrait of a guy extra attracted to substance over kind, a compassionate cleric and instructor who has avoided the highlight. In spontaneous, intimate phrases, Archbishop Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, covers themes as wide-ranging as his early life, relations existence, and the significance of his first activity to learning his calling and his early days within the seminary. the previous archbishop was once a instructor of psychology and literature until eventually John Paul II consecrated him as a cardinal. He befriended writers like Jorge Luis Borges and cites Homer, Cervantes, and German and Italian poets comfortably and gives nuanced innovations approximately educating. considerate, clever, or even witty, he names Babette’s dinner party as his favourite motion picture and Marc Chagall as his favourite painter.

A discovered and introspective guy, he doesn't steer clear of the uncomfortable topics: the declining numbers of clergymen and nuns; celibacy; the sexual abuse scandals that experience rocked the Church; and his critiques approximately and adventure with the army dictatorship of his personal crisis-riddled nation. It additionally discusses the brilliant position he performed within the final conclave, the place he's acknowledged to were tied with Ratzinger within the moment of 3 votes, and requested that the votes for him be transferred to Ratzinger.

Through his personal phrases, we come to grasp a guy whose activities and phrases replicate his deeply-rooted humility. The booklet concludes with the Pope’s personal writings and reflections, choked with knowledge and thought.

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