Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Father Enrique Pozzoli: the priest who most influenced Pope Francis’s family

Catholic World News - January 07, 2014

In 1990, Father Jorge Mario Bergoglio set down in writing his recollections of Father Enrique Pozzoli, a Salesian priest who died in 1961. The English edition of L’Osservatore Romano has published a translation of this text.

Mario Bergoglio, the future Pope’s father, first met Father Pozzoli when he emigrated from Italy to Argentina in 1929, and Father Pozzoli had a profound influence upon generations of the Bergoglio family.

In his five-page letter, the future Pope recounted his discernment of his vocation, his parents’ initial qualms, and the diplomatic way in which Father Pozzoli overcame them. He also recounted how, at the age of 25, he declined to see Father Pozzoli as he was dying.

“How many times have I experienced deep pain and regret,” wrote Father Bergoglio. “It was one of those moments in life (few, perhaps) that one would like to be able to live over again in order to behave differently.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($25,821 to go):
$150,000.00 $124,178.96
17% 83%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Denial of Service Attack: Success! December 19
Federal debt as a social-justice concern December 19
Another side of Francis: US-Cuba role shows Pope's diplomatic muscle December 18
Silly season: a Christmas approaches, a scholar questions whether Jesus ever existed December 18
The intrinsic immorality of torture: still not convinced? December 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - December 17