The new pope's authorised biographer, Sergio Rubin, has said that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio believes in the importance of pastoral work and building the Catholic flock.
In an interview with the Associated Press, he also dwelled on Bergoglio's humility:
It's a very curious thing: When bishops meet, he always wants to sit in the back rows. This sense of humility is very well seen in Rome.
Rubin said he has also been a vocal critic of human rights abuses and the International Monetary fund:
Bergoglio has been very critical of human rights violations during the dictatorship, but he has always also criticized the leftist guerrillas; he doesn't forget that side ...
Is Bergoglio a progressive — a liberation theologist even? No. He's no third-world priest. Does he criticize the International Monetary Fund, and neoliberalism? Yes. Does he spend a great deal of time in the slums? Yes
Your step-by-step guide to electing a new pope.
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Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church are gathering in Rome to elect a new pope. Here are some facts about the Papal conclave.