Comedian, cardinal, inmate present Pope Francis book on mercy

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January 12, 2016

Italian actor Roberto Benigni holds a copy of the book, "The Name of God Is Mercy," during its presentation to journalists in Rome Jan. 12. The book is compiled from an interview Pope Francis did with Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-MERCY-BOOK Jan. 12, 2016.

Italian actor Roberto Benigni holds a copy of the book, “The Name of God Is Mercy,” during its presentation to journalists in Rome Jan. 12. The book is compiled from an interview Pope Francis did with Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Arms flailing, the exuberant and perhaps hyperactive Italian actor and comedian Roberto Benigni described Pope Francis as a masterful minister of God’s mercy, which is always active and always on the move.

Benigni brought the house down Jan. 12 during the presentation of the new book-length interview with Pope Francis, “The Name of God Is Mercy.” The actor read excerpts of the book, but also offered his own reflections on mercy and bubbled over with praise for Pope Francis.

When he received the call asking him to participate in the book launch, Benigni said, he was told, “‘His Holiness would like’ and I said, ‘Yes!’ without letting them finish. I’d do anything — be a Swiss Guard, drive the popemobile — absolutely anything for this pope.”

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