Appleton professor has close ties with Pope Francis
APPLETON - Not many of us can say we knew the pope back before he was the leader of more than a billion Catholics worldwide, but that’s exactly what one Appleton man can say.
“It’s pretty unbelievable, pretty amazing,” said Gustavo Fares, a Lawrence University Professor.
Fares isn’t just talking about his Argentine pride, he has actually met the pope a handful of times.
“My cousin was studying in the seminary to be a priest in the Jesuit seminary," he said. "Bergoglio was there as the provincial.”
Fares visited his cousin several times, and was able to meet Bergoglio.
“The family has kept a close relationship," the professor added. "Whenever he goes to Mendoza, where my family lives, he visits my aunt and they have dinner together.”
Fares argues that Bergoglio will make a great leader of the church.
“I know through my visits and through my family that he’s very intelligent, very simple, very humble, but also courageous,” he said.