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A show about a Protestant, a Jew and a Catholic...who is now the Pope

2014-01-26

For two and a half years he shared the spotlight with Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio. He never imagined that his friend would one day become Pope. The inter-religious show included Rabbi Abraham Skorka and Protestant Marcelo Figueroa, who is now the author of a book that delves into the experience of being on a tv show featuring a Catholic, Jew and a Protestant. 

MARCELO FIGUEROA
Author, 'Bible: Ongoing Dialogue' 
"In 350 pages I try to highlight the most relevant points out of our 31 hours of programing. So it's not a book about Pope Francis per say, but instead about Bergoglio. It's about his personal thoughts, not on religion, but on life.” 

The idea to produce the show came about back in 2010. But Figueroa says at first there was hesitation. The Archbishop of Buenos Aires had his concerns. 

MARCELO FIGUEROA
Author, 'Bible: Ongoing Dialogue' 
"His first response was 'no' because, well he's a humble and low profile person. He didn't want to change that by being on tv, much less in the channel run by the city's archdiocese. Then, when I told him that there would be others, like his longtime friend, Rabbi Abraham Skorka, he said, 'ok, but let's just do four shows.'”

They did much more than four shows though. They did 31, covering everything from hope to solidarity, truth, human suffering and the loss of faith in different parts of the globe. But there was one reason in particular that the now Pope decided to take part in the show. 

MARCELO FIGUEROA
Author, 'Bible: Ongoing Dialogue' 
"As we worked on the show,  I realized that as Cardinal, and as the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, inter-religious dialogue was very important to him. So he was attracted to the idea of three people, from three different confessions having an open and respectful conversation.”  

The author says that's precisely what he wants to convey in the book. It's a way to invite readers to follow the example of Skorka, Figueroa and Bergoglio by welcoming inter-religious dialogue. 


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