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

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

by Francesca Ambrogetti, Sergio Rubin
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Pope Francis: Conversations with Jorge Bergoglio: His Life in His Own Words by Francesca Ambrogetti, Sergio Rubin

His Life in His Own Words
On March 13, 2013, the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, longtime Archbishop of Buenos Aires, now Pope Francis, was elected to succeed Pope Benedict.  He is the first Latin American pope, the first Jesuit pope, and the first to take the name Francis, after St. Francis Assisi, the 13th century monk known for his charity and kindness.

Elected in one of the shortest conclaves in history, the former Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina reveals, in a series of extensive interviews conducted over the course of two years, the very image of a humble priest, inspired teacher, and wise and adroit cardinal. What emerges is a portrait of a man more interested in substance over style, a compassionate cleric and teacher who has shunned the spotlight. In spontaneous, intimate terms, Archbishop Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, covers topics as wide-ranging as his childhood, family life, and the importance of his first job to discovering his calling and his early days in the seminary. The former archbishop was a teacher of psychology and literature until John Paul II consecrated him as a cardinal. He befriended writers like Jorge Luis Borges and cites Homer, Cervantes, and German and Italian poets with ease and offers nuanced thoughts about teaching. Thoughtful, intelligent, and even witty, he names Babette’s Feast as his favorite movie and Marc Chagall as his favorite painter.

A learned and introspective man, he does not avoid the uncomfortable subjects: the declining numbers of priests and nuns; celibacy; the sexual abuse scandals that have rocked the Church; and his opinions about and experience with the military dictatorship of his own crisis-riddled country. It also discusses the incredible role he played in the last conclave, where he is said to have been tied with Ratzinger in the second of three votes, and asked that the votes for him be transferred to Ratzinger.

Through his own words, we come to know a man whose actions and words reflect his deeply-rooted humility. The book concludes with the Pope’s own writings and reflections, full of wisdom and inspiration.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399167430
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/30/2013
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sergio Rubin was born in Santa Fe, Argentina. He is an award-winning author, journalist, and is currently chief of religious news for the Clarín newspaper as well as editor of the supplement Valores Religiosos (Religious Values). He covered over a dozen of John Paul II’s trips, his funeral, and the election of Pope Benedict XVI. Among many international figures, he has interviewed Mother Teresa.    Francesca Ambrogetti was born in Rome. She is a journalist and social psychologist, and currently teaches journalism. In 1982 she headed the Association for Foreign Press in Argentina and from 2000 to 2003, the Association of Foreign Correspondents. She collaborates with the international media such as the Vatican Radio. 

Table of Contents

Publisher's Note ix

Foreword xi

Introduction xvii

Chapter 1 Grandma Rosa and Her Fox-Fur Coat 1

Chapter 2 "You Should Start Working…" 13

Chapter 3 "You Are Imitating Christ" 23

Chapter 4 The Spring of Faith 33

Chapter 5 Educating from Conflict 49

Chapter 6 Playing Tarzan 69

Chapter 7 The Challenge of Going Out to Meet People 77

Chapter 8 The Risk of Degrading the Religious Message 97

Chapter 9 The Chiaroscuro of Conscience 113

Chapter 10 A Country Struggling to Take Off 125

Chapter 11 Building a Culture of Cooperation 135

Chapter 12 "I Also Like Tango" 147

Chapter 13 The Difficult Path Toward a Nation of Brothers 175

Chapter 14 The Darkness That Engulfed Argentina 197

Chapter 15 Trusting in the Future 219

Appendix: Reflections on the Poem Martín Fierro 231

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