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Fifteen Days in Rome: How the Pope Was Picked [WSJ e-book: "From the End of the Earth to Rome."]
Wall St. J ^ | April 12, 2013 | STACY MEICHTRY and ALESSANDRA GALLONI

Posted on 04/12/2013 5:54:47 PM PDT by Steelfish

April 12, 2013 Fifteen Days in Rome: How the Pope Was Picked The inside story: From the Red Room where Bergoglio's name was first dropped to a faithful night on Rome's Piazza Navona

By STACY MEICHTRY and ALESSANDRA GALLONI

Though the public paid little notice to Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, his name had made the rounds among a small group of cardinals who had descended upon Rome from different parts of the globe to choose a new pope.

On Feb. 27, a mild, dewy morning, Alitalia Flight 681 landed at Leonardo da Vinci airport in Rome after 13 hours in the air. A balding man with gray-white wisps of thin hair stepped out of coach class. He wore thick-rimmed brown glasses, black orthopedic shoes and a dark overcoat. He had a slight limp, and his back was stiff from the long flight. His belly was a bit swollen, due to many decades of cortisone treatments to help him breathe after he had lost part of a lung as a young man. No one could see the silver pectoral cross he wore under his coat, though it was the symbol of his authority.

The Wall Street Journal's new e-book, "Pope Francis: From the End of the Earth to Rome," chronicles the unlikely ascension of Jorge Mario Bergoglio to the papacy. With original reporting by a team of journalists around the world, the Journal takes an in-depth look at the man charged with leading the Catholic Church in a time of challenges. Pre-order the book now at popefrancisthebook.com

Back home in Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was a prominent figure, the highest-ranking Catholic prelate in his country and to many a beloved figure known especially for his work in the city's teeming slums. Here he was one of ...

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TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events
KEYWORDS: papalconclave; popefrancis

1 posted on 04/12/2013 5:54:47 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Very interesting and this comports with other articles I’ve read.

Thanks very much, Steelfish.


2 posted on 04/12/2013 6:13:29 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: onyx

Very welcome.


3 posted on 04/12/2013 6:47:58 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

Great article.


4 posted on 04/12/2013 7:38:55 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Don't be afraid to see what you see. -- Ronald Reagan)
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