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The Attraction of the Cardinal


The following article on Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, SJ, today elected Pope Francis, is taken from Traces, (June 2001) the monthly magazine of Communion and Liberation.

At the Buenos Aires International Book Fair, the largest in South America, the Argentinian Primate presented the Spanish edition of L’attrattiva Gesù [The Attraction that is Jesus]. “The locus of the encounter is the caress of the mercy of Jesus Christ on my sin”

By Silvina Premat

The Archbishop of Buenos Aires, recently named Cardinal, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, presented El atractivo de Jesucristo, published by Encuentro, at the International Book Fair in Buenos Aires which was entitled, “The Book, from the Author to the Reader.” The book exhibition is the largest in Latin America. For twenty days, a million people visit the 25,000 square meters of stands set up by more than 1,300 exhibitors (publishing houses, bookstores, foundations, embassies, and regions). They seek to know an internationally famous writer, hear a lecture on a topical theme, or find an interesting offer.

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Three brief profiles of Pope Francis

America Magazine wrote on 18 April 2005,

English: Cardinal Jorge M. Bergoglio SJ, Archb...

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a 68-year-old Jesuit who has a growing reputation as a very spiritual man with a talent for pastoral leadership. An author of books on spirituality and meditation, since 1998 he has been archbishop of Buenos Aires, where his style is low-key and close to the people. He rides the bus, visits the poor and a few years ago made a point of washing the feet of 12 AIDS sufferers on Holy Thursday. He also has created 17 new parishes, restructured the administrative offices, led pro-life initiatives and started new pastoral programs, such as a commission for divorced people. He co-presided over the 2001 Synod of Bishops and was elected to the synod council, so he is well known to the world’s bishops.

John Thavis’ piece, “First Thoughts about Pope Francis.”

Plus, John Allen has a profile of Pope Francis written for the NCR.

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Pope Francis, the new Bishop of Rome, the Supreme Pontiff, the First American Pope

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Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum:

Habemus Papam!
Eminentissimum ac reverendissimum Dominum,
Dominum Jorge Sanctæ Romanæ Ecclesiæ Cardinalem Bergoglio,
Qui sibi nomen imposuit Franciscum.

In English

I announce to you a great joy:

We have a Pope!
The most eminent and most reverend Lord,
Lord Jorge Mario Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church Bergoglio,
Who takes for himself the name of Francis.

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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