Photo exhibit shows Bergoglio's pastoral work in Argentina before he became Pope Francis

Published June 05, 2013

| Associated Press

A photo exhibition in Argentina's capital features 25 images of Jorge Bergoglio doing pastoral work and conducting religious ceremonies before he became Pope Francis.

Argentine photographer Enrique Cangas shot the images of Bergoglio between 2003 and 2012, and says many of them show the future pontiff's "simplicity and humility," as well as his tenacious pastoral work.

The photographs are being shown at the Santa Catalina Monastery in Buenos Aires until June 28. Most are on display for the first time.

Bergoglio was the archbishop of Buenos Aires before being elected pope in March. He chose the name Pope Francis.

One photo taken during an ecumenical meeting in Luna Park stadium shows Bergoglio deep in prayer, being embraced by a young evangelical who prays into his ear.

Another photo shows Bergoglio washing the feet of an elderly woman. Another shows a smiling Bergoglio surrounded by young people at one of the marches of Corpus Christi.

Cangas told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he hopes to take an even more complete version of the photo exhibit to World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro in June, which Francis will attend.

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