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Argentine publisher reissues book on Pope Francis

Saturday - 3/16/2013, 12:49am  ET

In this photo released by the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops, Pope Francis, left, is seen aboard a minibus with other Cardinals at the Vatican, the day after his election, Thursday, March 14, 2013. (AP Photo/CNBB, Antonio Luiz Catelan)

ISAAC GARRIDO
Associated Press

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The naming of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis has inspired the enthusiasm not only of many Roman Catholics, but also of a publisher planning to re-launch a book about him by his official biographer, Sergio Rubin.

"The Jesuit. Conversations with Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio" will be reissued Tuesday as "The Jesuit. The story of Francisco, The Argentine Pope," said Maria Estomba, a spokeswoman for the Argentine branch of the Spanish publishing house Ediciones B.

Ediciones B now owns the Latin American publishing group Vergara, which in 2010 issued the original Spanish-language book.

The book is based on two years of conversations Rubin and a fellow journalist, Francesca Ambroguetti, held with then-Cardinal Bergoglio, but isn't strictly a biography, Estomba said.

The publishing house has plans in the future to translate the book into several other languages, she said.

In addition to being the subject of this and potentially numerous other books in the future, Bergoglio has authored several of his own, including "Corruption and Sin," and "On Heaven and Earth," co-written with Rabbi Abraham Skorka. He also edited "Dialogues between John Paul II and Fidel Castro," written by Pope John Paul II.


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