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19 Facts About The New Pope by Ijeleigbo(m): 8:51pm On Mar 14, 2013
The new head of the 1.2 billion-member Catholic
Church is Pope Francis the first.
He was elected on Wednesday at the end of the
conclave of 115 cardinals.

Below are 16 facts about the new pope:
1. His real name is Jorge Mario Bergoglio

2. He is 76-years-old

3. He is an Argentinean

4. He was born Dec. 17, 1936, in Buenos Aires,
Argentina, one of five children born to an Italian
railway worker and his wife

5. He is the first Jesuit to be named a pope. He
entered the Society of Jesus and was ordained in
1969 during his theological studies at the
Theological Faculty of San Miguel.

6. He is the first Latin American to become Pope

7. He was the runner-up during the last conclave
that elected Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

8. He is a conservative known for his strong anti-
gay stance. In 2010 he described homosexuality
as a “destructive attack on God’s plan.” He was a
fierce opponent of Argentina’s decision to legalise
gay marriage in 2010, arguing children need to
have the right to be raised and educated by a
father and a mother.

9. Though conservative, he has criticised priests
who refuse to baptize babies born to single

10. He also believes condom can be permissible
to prevent disease

11. He is well known for his austere outlook to
life. He is famed for taking a bus to work every
day in his native Argentina, giving up his driver
and official limousine

12. His austere outlook towards life explains his
choice of Francis as his papal name. Francis
Assisi, who he is named after, is a popular
Catholic saint who lived humbly and gave
possession away to the poor

13. When he was made a cardinal, he persuaded
hundreds of Argentineans not to fly to Rome to
celebrate with him but instead to give the money
they would have spent on plane tickets to the

14. In 2001, during a visit to a hospice, he
washed and kissed the feet of 12 AIDS patients

15. He is respected for his intellectual prowess

16. He is an anti-corruption crusader. He has also
accused Argentina’s government of not doing
enough to eradicate poverty

17. He has lived for more than 20 years with one
functioning lung. His other lung was removed
because of infection.

18. In 2005, a human rights lawyer filed a
complaint alleging Bergoglio was complicit in the
1976 kidnapping of two liberal Jesuit priests by
Argentina’s military junta. He flatly denies the

19. Even though he has no Vatican experience,
he becomes the 266th pontiff in the Roman
Catholic Church's 2,000-year history

Re: 19 Facts About The New Pope by JeSoul(f): 8:55pm On Mar 14, 2013


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