76-year-old Amalia Damonte, who grew up in the same Flores neighborhood of Buenos Aires as Pope Francis, said that she rejected a marriage proposal from him when they were childhood sweethearts. That rejection may have been what drove him into serving the Catholic Church.
Damonte said it was either in 1948 or 1949 when the future Pope wrote her a letter declaring his intentions to marry her, per The Daily Mail.
“We were 12, 13 years old. No more than that,” she said. “He was wonderful. He was a proper guy.” The letter didn’t go over so well with her family. “There was only one letter and it cost me a smack in the face from my father,” she said. Damonte was shocked when he became Pope. “I froze in front of the television. I couldn’t believe that Jorge was the Pope,” she said.
So what did the letter say exactly? “It said we were going to get married and I am going to buy you a white house. So the two of us could live together. [He] said that if I didn’t say yes, he would have to become a priest. Luckily for him, I said no,” said Damonte.
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Source: (The Daily Mail)