Pope's childhood friend says he mentioned marriage
Friday, March 15, 2013 - 01:31
March 14 - Pope Francis' childhood friend says he told her ''If I don't marry you, I'll become a priest.'' Deborah Gembara reports.
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Before he became Pope Francis, he was Jorge Bergoglio, the son of an Italian railway worker living in what is now a comfortable Buenos Aires neighborhood.
Amalia, who also lived in the same area, says she had a close relationship with the new pontiff when they were children.
SOUNDBITE: Amalia, Woman Who Says She Was A Childhood Friend Of Bergoglio saying (Spanish):
"He sent me a letter telling me that he was going to build me a house, that we would get married. And, unfortunately, my mother took the letter. I was looking all over for it and she said, 'So you're receiving letters from him."
But even then, she says, the priesthood was in his sights.
SOUNDBITE: Amalia, Woman Who Says She Was A Childhood Friend Of Bergoglio saying (Spanish)
"He said to me, 'If I don't marry you, I'll become a priest."
Bergoglio became a man of the cloth at age 32, committing himself to a life of service and poverty. And while many in his native Argentina are excited by his trajectory, his sister Maria worries about her brother.
She says she remembers meeting Pope John Paul II when her brother transitioned from a priest to a cardinal.
SOUNDBITE: Maria Elena Bergoglio, Pope Francis' sister.
"I kneeled to kiss his ring, I looked up at his face, It was so full of love but, at the same time, infinite loneliness. My brother's face reflects love (OVER PHOTOGRAPH OF POPE BERGOGLIO), but I didn't want it to reflect loneliness."
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