Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Publisher reissues pope 'biography'

Jorge Mario Bergoglio - now known as Pope Francis - as a teenager, in Buenos Aires, Argentina (AP)

The naming of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis has inspired the enthusiasm not only of many Roman Catholics, but also a publisher planning to relaunch a book about him by his official biographer Sergio Rubin.

The Jesuit. Conversations With Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio will be reissued on Tuesday as The Jesuit. The Story Of Francisco, The Argentine Pope, said Maria Estomba, a spokeswoman for the Argentina-based publishing house Ediciones B.

Ediciones B now owns Latin American publishing group Vergara, which in 2010 issued the original Spanish-language book.

The book is based on two years of conversations Mr Rubin and a fellow journalist, Francesca Ambroguetti, held with then-Cardinal Bergoglio, but is not strictly a biography, Ms Estomba said.

The publishing house plans to translate the book into several other languages, she said.

In addition to being the subject of this and potentially numerous other books in the future, Bergoglio has authored several of his own, including On Heaven And Earth, co-written with Abraham Skorka, and Dialogues Between John Paul II And Fidel Castro, co-written with then-Pope John Paul II.

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