Monday, June 10, 2013

Tangos Dedicated to Argentine-Born Pope

In what could be viewed as the height of "Papamanía" in Argentina, a group of musicians from that country created songs dedicated to Pope Francis.

Entitled Tango para Francisco the song is dedicated to "Jorge the man who walked with the poor," which refers to the Jorge Maria Bergoglio's concerns for the poor of Buenos Aires where he was a priest and archbishop before he was chosen as Pope:

The composer of this song, Enrique Bugatti, died last week only days before the tune was recorded.

Another tango created shortly after the Pope was elected in March includes the lyric "Although today you are called Francisco you are really Jorge from Flores." (Flores is the Buenos Aires neighborhood where he was born).

Francis may have jokingly said last Friday that he "did not want to be pope" but since taking office he has continued his call for Catholics to do more to help the downtrodden and marginalized.   

"Consumerism has led us to become used to an excess and daily waste of food, to which, at times we are no longer able to give a just value...Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of the poor and the hungry," declared Francis last Wednesday at a mass he dedicated to the U.N.’s World Environment Day.

Video Source: YouTube via user Cortina Musical

Online Sources: El Observador; USA TODAY; The Telegraph

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