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Surprised bishop meets pope at breakfast

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Carpi, April 9 - A bishop from the
earthquake-stricken province of Modena in central Italy said
Tuesday he was surprised to find himself having an informal chat
at breakfast recently with Pope Francis.
Francesco Cavina, a bishop from the town of Carpi near
Modena, says last Sunday he was staying at the Vatican's St
Martha's House, a guesthouse outside St Peter's, when Francis
strolled up and introduced himself over breakfast.
"I was sitting quietly when the pope approached with great
naturalness," said Cavina, adding he felt "very, very excited"
to meet Francis, elected pontiff less than one month ago.
Apparently the pope, seeing a bishop he hadn't before met,
asked around and learned Cavina came from the Emilia Romagna
region of Italy, which was devastated last spring by an
earthquake that killed 24 people.
The June 2012 earthquakes also left thousands homeless and
brought the region's economy to its knees, with the damage
estimated at around five billion euros.
Cavina said the pope wanted to hear about reconstruction
projects in the region and asked him to give his blessings to
the people living there.
Francis continues to reside in the guesthouse, which is
open to bishops and priests passing through Rome as well as
those working in the Vatican.
He has lived there since cardinals from around the world
descended on the Vatican in March to elect a successor to
Benedict XVI, and there are no immediate plans for him to move
into the papal apartments.
"I was struck by the incredible simplicity of the bishop of
Rome, his natural approach" and manner, said Cavina.

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