The Pope’s newspaper boys

A small newsstand in Plaza de Mayo tells an interesting story about Pope Francis.

On the evening of March 18th, 2013, five days after Argentine cardinal Jorge Bergoglio’s nomination (now Pope Francis) the newsstand’s phone in Plaza de Mayo rang. Daniel del Regno, the owner’s son, answered it.

“Hi Daniel, it’s cardinal Jorge”, said the voice.

“Hey, Mariano, don’t be a boludo“, Daniel responde. He imagined a friend making a prank call.

Boludo in Argentina means “idiot”.

On the other side of the line, the person insisted: “Seriously, It’s Jorge Bergoglio, I’m calling from Rome”.

Daniel began to cry in shock.

He and his father, Luis, were the ones who delivered the La Nación newspaper to Francis’ office at 413 Rivadavia Street. At times, the cardinal himself would go to the newsstand to pick up his free copy. He would chat for ten minutes and later catch the bus. After moving to Rome, Francis made the effort to call and request that the newspaper should no longer be delivered to his old office.

Luis told the La Nación about his conversation with Jorge before leaving to take part in the conclave at the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

“Jorge, are you going to be the next Pope?”

Bergoglio, who indeed became the next pope, replied:

“Let’s cross that bridge when we come to it. We’ll see in twenty days”.

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(Drawing Orlando Pedroso)