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Pope Francis: 20 things you didn’t know Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born Dec 17,

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

His father, Mario Jorge, emigrated to Ar-

gentina from the Piedmont region of Italy.

He speaks Italian, German and Spanish flu-

ently, in addition to a smattering of English, French and Portuguese. He can also speak a bit of the Piedmontaise dialect too.

He lost part of his lung to infection as a

youth.

He is a fan of the tango. "I love tango and I

used to dance when I was young," he told Francesca Ambrogetti and Sergio Rubin, the authors of his 2010 biography El Jesuita.

He had a girlfriend. "She was one of a

group of friends I went dancing with. But then I discovered my religious vocation," he said to Ambrogetti and Rubin.

He worked as a bouncer in a Buenos

Aires bar to earn money as a student

He is a passionate fan of San Lorenzo Foot-

He was a teacher of literature, psychology, philosophy and theology before becoming the Archbishop of Buenos Aires. He is the co-author of "Sobre el Cielo y la

Tierra (On Heaven and Earth)".

He was previously Archbishop of Buenos

Aires, from 1998 to 2013. He was known during this time to try and set an example for others, eschewing the extravagant robes of his position for the humble robes of a simple priest.

He used public transport rather than taxis or a chauffeured car to get around and lived in a small flat with an older priest and made all his own meals, despite having access to the Archbishop's quarters and a chef. He was made a Cardinal by John Paul II in 2001. During the 2005 conclave in which he was

runner up, he was reportedly the victim of a smear campaign by other, more liberal members of the Jesuit order, who claimed that he never smiled.

He travelled to the conclave in Rome on an

economy flight.

ball Club, his local team. They were the first Argentine team to win the domestic double, in 1972.

Francis is the first non-European pope since

His favorite painting is The White Crucifixion,

He is apparently not Francis I but Pope Fran-

painted by Marc Chagall in 1938. The painting shows Jesus being crucified on the cross, wearing a prayer shawl as a symbol that he is Jewish. The painting originally showed a soldier with a swastika on his armband burning down a synagogue.

Gregory III, who was born in modern-day Syria and elected in 731.

cis. Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi explains: "It will become Francis I after we have a Francis II." Pope John Paul I, the last pope to affix a 'I', decided to attach it himself.

His favorite film is Babette's Feast, a 1987 Danish

drama directed by Gabriel Axel.

He studied philosophy at the Catholic University of

Buenos Aires and also has a master's degree in Chemistry from the University of Buenos Aires.

telegraph.co.uk


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