GUEST WRITER: STEFANO ALBERTI
PHOTOS: RENATO PIAZZINI, FIRENZE
A great and special night in Florence (May 9, 2014) wheretook place the book presentation of “Francesco” by Roberto Alborghetti inside the historical rooms of the Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella in Florence (via della Scala 16). Together with the author during the event participated the director of weekly magazine Toscana Oggi Mr. Andrea Fagioli, the journalist and writer Riccardo Clementi, the journalists Carmelina Rotundo, Giuseppe Saponaro, Maurizio Martini, Daniel C. Meyer (from the staff of FUL magazine, Firenze Urban Lifestyle), Giuseppe Piani (researcher of the University of Florence). The artist Giuseppe Tocchetti exposed his work which is based on the book of Alborghetti. Benedetta and Eugenio Alphandery, the owners of the enchanting ancient “farmacy”, welcome the people and visitors.
The book “Francesco”, published by Italian Velar-Elledici, talks about the life of Pope Francis. It is the first historical and illustrated biography on the argentine Pope and also the result of unpublished researches and statements useful to know how a “son of emigrants” is became the pastor of the universal Church. Starting from the information about his original family – retracing the childhood and the adolescence years of the young Jorge Mario – until his religious vocation and cultural education, included the pastoral years in Argentina, the work of Alborghetti accompanied the reader to discover the personality, the responsibility and the mission of the future Pope. The monumental work was also published in a special version of 2 volumes. It shows and contains 340 images as a result of an extraordinary research through archives, spots and places in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A great team of 20 people collaborated, in different levels, with the author. Roberto Alborghetti gave personally the book to Pope Francis during a private encounter in Casa S.Marta in Rome.
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