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international | religion | opinion / analysis Saturday August 10, 2013 19:06 by Bruno Lima Rocha blimarocha at gmail dot com
Jorge Mario Bergoglio comes from within the working class amidst the splendor and belligerent Buenos Aires of the '30s. He is the son of an Italian Piedmontese immigrant couple, his father was a railman and his mother worked at home. Unlike most of his countrymen, he shared parts of popular culture, but not the values of organized labor at the time. Not by a long way had his education been crossed either by the ideas of the left or of Peronism. Hence in Argentina, even now at the height of "papamania" (“pope-mania”), the most famous fan of San Lorenzo de Almagro football club is seen both as a conservative and a man of the people.
Sworn pope, Francis I is executing the maneuver that Norberto Bobbio called “renewal for conservation”. It is a mandatory part of the manual of any analyst or scholar of politics and seeks to enlist cadres to inject new blood into such an ancient institution, intending to keep it alive. Nothing too bad if it had not been a sick institution, in the words of Bergoglio, published on the front page of Noticias magazine – a weekly Argentine opposition publication - signed by one of his authorized biographers. The July 20 edition leaves no room for doubt. The pontiff will try to strengthen the identity of the Church as devoted to the humble, but it will be far from Liberation Theology and ecumenism.