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3/24/2013 (2 years ago)

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Kiosk owner shares stories of pope's humility, frugality

Little things . mean an awful lot. A kiosk owner in Buenos Aires, who faithfully delivered the newspaper to Cardinal Bergoglio long before he became Pope Francis, has many stories to tell - about the cardinal's frugality and his dedication to the less fortunate.

Claiming 'thousands of anecdotes' the kiosk owner recalls one involving the rubber bands that he put around the newspapers to keep them from being blown away when they were delivered to the cardinal. 'At the end of the month, he always brought them back to me. All 30 of them!'

Claiming "thousands of anecdotes" the kiosk owner recalls one involving the rubber bands that he put around the newspapers to keep them from being blown away when they were delivered to the cardinal. "At the end of the month, he always brought them back to me. All 30 of them!"

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/24/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Pope Francis, newspaper, simlpicity, frugality, Bueonos Aires, Argentina


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Daniel Del Regno, the kiosk owner's son shares a story of a recent phone call he had with the recently appointed pontiff.  

The call was to send his greetings and explain that he would no longer need a morning paper delivered each day. On March 18, when he was appointed the new pope, he answered the phone and heard a voice say, "Hi Daniel, its Cardinal Jorge." He thought it was a telephone prank from a friend who knew that the former Archbishop of Buenos Aires bought the newspaper from them daily.

"Seriously, it's Jorge Bergoglio, I'm calling you from Rome," the Pope insisted.

"I was in shock, I broke down in tears and didn't know what to say," Del Regno told newspaper reporters. "He thanked me for delivering the paper all this time and sent best wishes to my family."

Del Regno LAO shared that when Cardinal Bergoglio left for Rome for the conclave, he asked him if he thought he would be elected Pope. "He answered me, 'That is too hot to touch. See you in 20 days, keep delivering the paper.' And the rest is, well, history," he said.

"I told him to take care and that I would miss him," Del Regno continued. "I asked him if there would ever be the chance to see him here again. He said that for the time being that would be very difficult, but that he would always be with us."

The Pope, before ending the call, asked him for his prayers.

Daniel's father, Luis Del Regno, said they delivered the paper to the former cardinal's residence every day.

He recalled the cardinal's Sunday ritual when he "would come by the kiosk at 5:30 a.m. and buy La Nacion. He would chat with us for a few minutes and then take the bus to Lugano, where he would serve mate (tea) to young people and the sick."

Claiming "thousands of anecdotes" the elder Del Regno recalls one involving the rubber bands that he put around the newspapers to keep them from being blown away when they were delivered to the cardinal.

"At the end of the month, he always brought them back to me. All 30 of them!"

He is highly impressed when he thinks about Pope Francis' simplicity. "In June he baptized my grandson, it was an amazing feeling," Del Regno said. "I know what he's like. He's one of a kind."

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