However, he was but 12 at the time and she rebuffed him.
Amalia Damonte claims that a 12 year old Jorge gave her a letter declaring his undying love for her. She is quoted by the Independent:
“He wrote me a letter telling me that one day he would like to marry me.All of this fits snugly into Pope Francis's "man of the people" credentials being carefully burnished by the Vatican spin machine.
He said that if I didn’t say yes, he would have to become a priest. Luckily for him, I said no!”