Monday 9 September 2013

A Bergoglio story

Yesterday I invited Fr Conrad, a Catholic priest of the Ukrainian Byzantine rite serving in Canada, to preside at the mass at Agron Street. Fr Conrad told me an interesting story. He said that in the old days, many Ukrainian youngsters used to go to Italy to become Salesians, but when the Communists took over, they could not return to their country. One of them was assigned to the missions and went to Buenos Aires where, every morning at 6.00 a.m., in those days before Vatican II and concelebration, he would celebrate the Eucharist in the Byzantine rite. One of the youngsters from the 'collegio' saw this priest celebrating all by himself and offered to be his altar boy. The boy's name was Jorge Bergoglio. Now, according to Fr Conrad, the cause of the Salesian priest has been introduced, and he was saying how wonderful it would be if the pope were to beatify and canonize his old professor.  

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