Pope's Young Sweetheart Recalls His Love Letter
Amalia Damonte says 12-year-old Bergoglio wanted to marry her
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2013 8:27 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Apparently you can credit Amalia Damonte for Jorge Bergoglio becoming Pope Francis—or perhaps her father, reports the Week. When Bergoglio was just 12, he had a young "romance" with Damonte, writing a letter saying they would be married and drawing a picture of the house they would live in. She said he vowed to become a priest if Amalia, who lived near him in a Buenos Aires suburb, rejected the offer.

However, Damonte's father wasn't about to stand for his 12-year-old daughter talking to boys, and slapped her for starting to write back. "I never saw him after that—my parents kept me away from him and did everything possible to separate us," says Damonte, adding that "it was a thing between children and totally pure." The Telegraph, meanwhile, catches up with the pope's sister, Maria Elena Bergoglio, who says her brother was never jazzed about the prospect of leading the church. "He didn't want to be pope and when we chatted privately about it, we joked at the prospect and he would say, 'No, please no.'"

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Mar 15, 2013 7:41 PM CDT
Mar 15, 2013 3:36 PM CDT
Poor kid. Slapped down just when his hormones were starting to kick in. What's wrong with this picture?
Mar 15, 2013 12:46 PM CDT
I expect we will be glad Pope Francis became a priest. We applaud Pope Francis' love for prayer and holiness; but would he adore and pray to the beloved icons, statues and pictures, even of the Sacred Virgin mother of God in Jesus, if he knew that God hates and condemns images in all holy books including the Books of Wisdom 13-16 in the Catholic Bible as well as in almost all translations of the Bible, (Exodus 20, Deuteronomy 4, 5), in the Qur'an and other holy books. BibleGateway.com has many translations and languages. Images keep our mind focused on limited man instead of the unlimited and powerful Spirit of God that is in each of us and in God's words and promises. With understanding that God dwells within us, we can embrace holiness and hate sin and be healed. With our eyes focused on the Spirit of truth in God's word,we will see God's will for us of a healthy perfect whole body. We will accept nothing but wholeness and reject by speaking against the devil's lies of sin, sickness and loss or limitation; and we can soon see the healed body God gave us. The blood of Jesus washed our sins away to give us eternal life. God's word is TRUTH and LIFE; all else is death. Jesus said, "Let the dead bury the dead" Mathew 8:22, Luke 9:60