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What They Never Told You About Pope Francis

It's not always clear just what exactly a pope does, but many people seem to agree that the incumbent, Pope Francis, looks pretty great doing it. Per Biography, the man born as Jorge Mario Bergoglio has done the majority of his pre-papal life's work in his native Argentina and holds the distinction of being both the first South American pope and the first Jesuit one. 

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What They Never Told You About Pope Francis

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    The Untold Truth Of Pope Francis

    The Untold Truth Of Pope Francis

    By the time he was elected to take over the Holy See in 2013, he had already developed a solid street cred as a humble, down-to-earth man of the people, and he's very much carried this salt-of-the-earth over to his papacy. If he can get away with it — which he can, what with being the pope and everything — you won't catch him in the opulent regalia he's entitled to (per Garage). Instead, he eschews his predecessors' more expressive wardrobe in favor of more muted fare that Vatican tailors have been known to call "papal athleisure." All in all, he seems like the kind of guy who's doing his level best to match the papal name he chose after the noted charity-focused Italian saint, St. Francis of Assisi (via Encyclopedia Britannica).

    The Truth About Pope Francis' Relationship With The Former Pope

    The Truth About Pope Francis' Relationship With The Former Pope

    During the course of over 2,000 years of Christian history, there have been only three occasions on which a current, living pope could speak to his living predecessor, according to History. That's because the job of the Pope is for life. The only true way to lose it is to die, and on only three occasions has a pope resigned. What's more, 600 years passed between the second, Gregory XII in 1415, and the third, Benedict XVI in 2013.

    Popes Who Changed The Catholic Church Forever

    Popes Who Changed The Catholic Church Forever

    Catholic practice and the church itself have evolved over time in response to schisms, heresies, and wars. For instance, when the Ukrainian Catholic Church rejoined Rome in 1596 after splitting from it in the Great Schism of 1054, concessions were made to harmonize their rules with Roman ones. Thus, it might surprise some that the Catholic Church has already had married priests for at least 500 years. Others might be surprised to find that the Mass they attend has only been around since 1970, or that the Church has condemned slavery since at least 1435. Here are some of the biggest changes to the Catholic Church, and the popes who made them.

    The Real Reason Pope Francis Became A Priest

    The Real Reason Pope Francis Became A Priest

    Like many people, Pope Francis had had a circuitous career path. Decades before he took his papal name, which was inspired by St. Francis of Assisi's devotion to the poor, he was Jorge Mario Bergoglio — a young man who had been a janitor, a lab technician, a nightclub bouncer, and a literature and psychology teacher. So what led Pope Francis to become a priest? "When I was young I would occasionally think about becoming a priest, but that was like how as children, you think about being an engineer, a doctor, a musician — you see someone doing that profession, and you consider it," then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio said in a 2012 interview (via Worldcrunch).

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