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The man who saved an archdiocese now prepares for the Pope's visit
If you had to make a list of the peppiest Pope Francis cheerleaders in the U.S., it would be easy to overlook Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia. Other American clerics have much closer ties to the Pontiff, and Chaput is, even by priestly standards, measured with his words. But after an hour’s conversation, the man behind the collar loosens up ever so slightly. He points to a framed drawing of Mary, “the Undoer of Knots,” on his desk and notes that the picture was a gift two decades ago from a then no-name Archbishop in Buenos Aires, Jorge Bergoglio.
It’s a reminder that Chaput’s biggest test is just five weeks away, when Bergoglio—now Pope Francis—will visit the City …