Pope Francis was born on 17th December 1936 in Bueno Aires, Argentina. He had been a priest since 1969, but became Pope in 2013. He is the first Jesuit to be elected as Pope, as well as the first Pope in Catholic history who has the name Francis.

His real name is Jorge Mario Bergoglio, and he selected the name Francis in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, a Catholic friar born in 12th century Italy. Pope Francis used to enjoy dancing the tango with his then-girlfriend during his pre-priest days.

Pope Francis studied for a Master’s Degree in Chemistry, even though some may think he studied Theology. He even used to teach the subject in high schools. In his pre-priest days, he used to work as a bouncer in a bar in Buenos Aires.


Medical professionals were worried at the time of his election about the health of Pope Francis. The concern was due to a missing lung that was removed when he was a teen, but he is in very good health now. As a fan of cooking, his Holiness loves to cook his own meals. Rumors has it that one of his specialty dishes is paella.

Pope Francis likes to communicate with the modern world, tweeting on a regular basis to over 7 million Twitter followers.

The papal leader is a quite intellectual man, as he speaks fluent Spanish, Italian and Latin, English, German, Ukrainian, French and Portuguese. Pope Francis is a quite fan of football and he wouldn’t say no to a game.

He is a huge fan of the San Lorenzo football team, which he supports from his home town in Argentina. Besides the Bible Pope Francis like to indulge in other books, including The Lord of the Rings and various other books by J. R. R. Tolkien.

He is considered as citizen of three different countries; Argentina, Italy and Vatican.According to an interview Coltro gave to the Italian newspaper, Irma had been giving donations to the Kenyan orphanage, founded by an Italian missionary, for years.

As leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis decided to live in a small guest house in the Vatican, instead of the traditional apartments like the previous leaders.

Pope Francis has been offered numerous fancy presents over the years, and one of them was a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Although, he preferred to sell it and use the money to benefit homeless people.

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