This sense of humility goes down very well in Rome,’ Rubin said before the 2013 conclave to choose Benedict’s successor.
In this undated photo courtesy of Sergio Rubin, Mario Jose Bergoglio, center, the father of Pope Jorge Mario Bergoglio poses for a portrait with his father Juan Bergoglio, left, and his mother Magarita Vasallo in Buenos Aires But, in electing him, the cardinals undoubtedly feel that, with his Italian roots, he will be able to take on the Vatican bureaucracy known as the Curia — which has been subject to accusations of money laundering.
No euphemisms for what’s about to happen allowed - that's too lower middle.
By the time the Christening day has arrived, posh parents will have nominated three godparents (two women and one man if the infant is a girl, two men and one woman if a boy).
They will be respectable types - possibly with grander titles than your own - there to guide and steer the child morally until they are ‘of age’.
An austere intellectual, he also has one considerable advantage over his predecessor although he is from Argentina and the first man from the New World to be Pope, in the Vatican they view him almost as home-grown — his parents were Italian immigrants.
Though unwaveringly orthodox, he has never closed his mind to pastoral realities.