Argentine photographer's images introduce Pope Francis to the world

Buenos Aires, Jun 4 (EFE).- The pictures of Jorge Bergoglio taken by an Argentine photographer over almost a decade, and which can currently be seen at a convent in Buenos Aires, captured the expressions of Pope Francis that today captivate the world.

While photos of the pontiff, almost always smiling, multiply daily on the Internet and in newspapers around the world, the exhibit "Francis: Servant in Buenos Aires, Servant of the World" shows pictures unpublished up to now of a low-profile pastor who seems almost shy in front of the cameras.

Starting Tuesday, the walls of Santa Catalina Monastery will display 25 of those images, out of a total of about 100 that photographer Enrique Cangas took since 2003 of the man who until last March 13 was archbishop of Buenos Aires and cardinal primate of Argentina.

"Seen in these photos are many of his expressions and gestures, the ones we see today in the Vatican and that for us are a continuation of the way he was here in Buenos Aires," Cangas, who as a professional has done volunteer work for the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, told Efe.

Something surprising is that while today thousands of people in St. Peter's Square take snapshots with their mobile phones when the "popemobile" passes and Francis does not spare his expressions of friendliness, Cangas says that as Archbishop Bergoglio he "was not a person who liked being surrounded by cameras."

The photographer intends to take the exhibition, which can be seen in Buenos Aires until June 28, to the World Youth Day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro next month.