Friday, March 22, 2013
DOES POPE FRANCIS RESEMBLE ME IN ANY WAY? OR PERHAPS, I SHOULD ASK, DO I RESEMBLE POPE FRANCIS IN ANY WAY?
Yesterday as I visited a parishioner in the hospital who is having open heart surgery today, so please say a special prayer for him, he told me that he thought that I resembled Pope Francis because I am half Italian. Personally, I don't see it! But it was a kind of "Twilight Zone" moment for me because I've been fantasizing the following:
Pope Francis parents are both Italian and departed Italy around 1922 to escape the rise of Fascism in Italy along with Mussolini. They immigrated to Argentina which has a large Italian population.
About a month before my mother died, she reminded both my sister and me that her father, Raffaello Sainati had gone to work in Argentina in the carpenter trade. Now I don't know when this was. My mother is the youngest of 10 children and she was born in 1919. He could have worked there before she was born or any of the children or in the 1920's.
I suspect, but have no concrete evidence, that he could have had Italian relatives in Argentina either on his mother's side and I don't know her maiden name but could it be Bergoglio? Or on his father side, which his ancestry is the French Island of Corsica of the coast off Livorno.
I wish I knew! How cool would that be if I was related to the Bergoglio's or his mother's side of the family!