Pope a man of vivid metaphors

April 15, 2013

VATICAN CITY – Metaphors are used extensively in the Bible and they pop up just as often in Pope Francis' talks and teachings.

Some of his most vivid allegories as pope included his urging the world's priests to be "shepherds living with the smell of sheep" by bringing Christ to people far from the faith; and his telling cardinals that all Catholic elders need to share with the young their insight and wisdom, which are like "fine wine that gets better with age."

Metaphors did not come to Pope Francis with the papacy. As archbishop of Buenos Aires, he used similar figures of speech to get simple, yet powerful, ideas across to his listeners.

The following are some metaphors that appear in the book, Pope Francis: Conversations with Jorge Bergoglio. The book, by Sergio Rubin and Francesca Ambrogetti, is a series of interviews originally published in 2010 under the title El Jesuita (The Jesuit). The book is currently unavailable in English.