January 12, 2016
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.”