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"Bergoglio hasn't changed a bit"

Argentine priest says the pope's approach has not altered

<p>Picture: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP</p>

Picture: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

  • Andrea Tornielli for Vatican Insider/La Stampa
  • Vatican City
  • August 23, 2013
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“There is complete continuity in Cardinal Bergoglio’s approach as Archbishop of Buenos Aires and the approach he takes now that he is called Francis…” Fr. Pepe di Paola has just arrived in the Italian city of Rimini, where he will be taking part in the Rimini Meeting round table. The Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America Guzmán Carriquiry and Stefano Alberto, Professor of Theology at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, will also be participating.

“With the “Lumen Fidei” at the suburbs of existence” is the title of Rimini Meeting 2013, dedicated to the new Pope. José Maria di Paola, or Fr. Pepe as Argentineans call him, has been a priest for thirty years and has spent much of this time in one of Buenos Aires’ villas miserias (the city’s slums.)

“In my speech I will try to explain what Francis did as archbishop and about the continuity he has shown as Pope,” the priest said in an exclusive statement to Vatican Insider. “Nothing has changed in his attitude, relationship with people or approach and this is not part of some marketing strategy: it is a way of living the Catholic faith that we are familiar with from his day in Buenos Aires,” he said.

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Source: Vatican Insider/La Stampa

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