The Argentine

Jorge Luis Borges was one of Jorge Bergoglio’s favorite writer’s, “a giant of 20th century literature, a poet and short-story writer whose fantastic stories form the basis of the Latin American tradition of ‘magical realism.’ …Cardinal Bergoglio had known Borges personally. While teaching literature classes in Santa Fe, he once traveled to Buenos Aires to show some of his students’ short stories to the man known as Argentina’s Homer. He even persuaded Borges to perform a reading of his works for a class in Santa Fe. ‘He was a very wise man,’ said the future pope–who recalled that the agnotic writer faithfully said an Our Father every night, because he had promised his mother he would do so.”  – From A CALL TO SERVE . Read about Jose Luis Borges at The Poetry Foundation.