BUENOS AIRES –  The last time Father Jorge Bergoglio was at the Vatican to be anointed with a new title, the man who would become Pope Francis reveled in the anonymity he will never again know.

It was Feb. 21, 2001, and the Argentinian priest and his aide Guillermo Marcó were headed from their quarters to the ceremony at which Bergoglio would be named a Cardinal. When Marcó seemed concerned that Bergoglio’s bright red robe made them conspicuous, the priest known for his lack of pretense shrugged it off.

“Don’t worry about it,” Marcó recalled the future pontiff saying as they ducked into a coffee shop. “In Rome you could walk with a banana on your head and no one would say anything.”

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Published March 2013.