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Pope Francis  

Pope Francis is one of the most well-known figures in the world as the leader of the Roman Catholic Church. His original name is Jorge Mario Bergoglio. In March 2013, he was elected the 266th pope. He took his papal title after St. Francis of Assisi of Italy.

He was born in Bueno Aires, Argentina on December 17, 1936. Also known as Francis I, he is the first pope from the Americas and also the first Jesuit to be elected as Pope.

 

Quick Facts: –

  • Pope Francis was a big fan of popular dance form tango during his pre-priest days.
  • He taught literature and psychology at the Immaculate Conception College in Santa Fé in 1964 and 1965.
  • In December 1969, he was appointed as a priest and started serving as Jesuit provincial of Argentina in 1973.
  • He also served as archbishop of Buenos Aires from 1998 to 2013 before being elected as pope.
  • In 2013, Francis I was named as ‘Person of the Year’ by Time Magazine.
  • He is multilingual as he can speak Spanish, Latin, and Italian fluently and understand Ukrainian, English, German, and Portuguese.
  • In 2005, he was a runner up for the position of pope to Pope Benedict XVI.
  • He had to have a lung removed due to an infection during his teenage years. It is not affecting his current health.
  • Pope Francis has his own emojis which are also known as Popemojis.
  • Unlike previous popes, he lives in a small guest house in the Vatican instead of an apartment.
  • He celebrated his first Holy Thursday Mass in a youth prison in Rome and kept it private by not allowing media.

 

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