The Pope Francisco imagines that he will die in Rome, being pontiff, and that he will not return to live in Argentina, his native country, according to an interview included in the book “The health of potatoes”, The advance of which disclosed this Saturday newspaper La Nación from Buenos Aires.
In the meeting with the Argentine journalist and doctor Nelson Castro that took place in the Vatican in February 2019, the pope assures that he thinks about death but is not afraid of it.
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Asked about how he imagines his own death, Francisco answered: “Being a pope, whether in office or emeritus. And in Rome. I will not return to Argentina”.
With this answer the book concludes “The health of potatoes. Medicine, plots and faith. From Leo XIII to Francisco”, Which goes on sale next Monday in Argentina.
“It is a historical, compelling and unique book. Historical because everything that is told is true and documented; compelling because it is a story that surpasses any fiction and unique because for the first time a pope speaks of his health with the clarity that Francis did”, Stated the author.
In the long interview, Francisco, the name he took when the then Archbishop of Buenos Aires Jorge Bergoglio was elected pope in 2013, said he does not miss his country. “No i don’t miss her [a Argentina]. I lived there for 76 years. What ails me are their problems“Said the 84-year-old pontiff.
Referring to episodes of his health, he clarified that he is not missing a lung but that in 1957 he underwent surgery to remove the upper lobe of his right lung where he had three cysts.
The condition did not leave any sequelae. “The recovery was complete and I never felt any limitation in my activities“, Held.
Born in Argentina, considered one of the countries with the highest proportion of psychologists and psychoanalysts per inhabitant, said that he saw a psychiatrist during the dictatorship (1976-1983), when he was provincial of the Jesuits and had to “take people in hiding to get them out of the country and thus save their lives”.
“For six months, I consulted her once a week ”, reveals the papa. “It helped me position myself in terms of how to handle the fears of that time. Imagine what it was like to take a person hidden in the car – just covered by a blanket – and go through three military checkpoints in the Campo de Mayo area. [ndlr: el mayor cuartel militar argentino]. The tension that it generated was enormous”.
Francisco He also spoke of his neuroses, which he described as anxiety and sadness.
“Neuroses must be fed mate [ndlr: tradicional infusión rioplatense]. Not only that, you have to caress them too. They are companions of the person throughout their life“, he claimed.
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