Biography: Pope Francis

September 9, 2018
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Real Name: Jorge Mario Bergoglio

Occupation: Pope of the Catholic Church (Current)

Date of Birth: December 17, 1936

How Old is Pope Francis: 81 years

Birthplace: Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina

How Tall is Pope Francis: 5 feet 7 inches

Weight: 72 kg

Nationality: Argentine

Family: Mario Jose Bergoglio (Father); Regina Maria Sivori (Mother); María Elena Bergoglio (Sister); Marta Regina Bergoglio (Sister); Alberto Bergoglio (Brother); Oscar Adrian Bergoglio (Brother).


Pope Francis Facts:

As a true-blooded Argentine, he is a big fan of tango. According to the Catholic News Agency, several thousands of tango dancers are expected to perform for him on the St. Peter´s Square on his 78th birthday.

Another “secular” thing Pope Francis loves is soccer. He is a proud supporter of San Lorenzo de Almagro Football club, a traditional soccer team from his home neighborhood.

He likes J.R.R. Tolkien and has read his works. He particularly grew fond of Frodo and Bilbo whom he used as examples of hopeful heroes who are called to walk a path in the unfolding drama between good and evil.

Before he became a Jesuit, Pope Francis worked as a bouncer in a Buenos Aries bar to help pay for his studies.

He chose his papal name due to the humility and austerity associated with St. Francis of Assisi and he really lives up to his reputation. While Archbishop of Buenos Aires, he lived in a simple apartment and rode the bus. When he was elected the Pope, he flew to Rome in economy class.

Pope Francis’ acts remind people of scenes from the Bible. He embraced and blessed a man covered in tumors (similarly to the story of Jesus who healed lepers) and washed the feet of juvenile delinquents, including a Muslim woman.


Pope Francis Quotes:

“Each of us has a vision of good and of evil. We have to encourage people to move towards what they think is good… Everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the world a better place.”

“A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’ We must always consider the person.”

“Even today we raise our hand against our brother… We have perfected our weapons, our conscience has fallen asleep, and we have sharpened our ideas to justify ourselves as if it were normal we continue to sow destruction, pain, death. Violence and war lead only to death.”

“This is important: to get to know people, listen, expand the circle of ideas. The world is crisscrossed by roads that come closer together and move apart, but the important thing is that they lead towards the Good.”

“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges is not Christian. This is not in the Gospel.”


Pope Francis Discography:

Wake Up! (2015)


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