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What They Never Told You About Pope Francis

Since becoming the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis has wowed the world with his progressive and sympathetic stances on global and social issues. As the most prominent face of the Catholic faith, he has used his papal platform to denounce once-taboo subjects like homophobic violence, proclaim support of civil unions for gay couples, and even apologize for the church's role in colonization. For all of that, and more, he's become known as the "People's Pope."

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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.

    The Untold Truth Of Pope Francis' Siblings

    The Untold Truth Of Pope Francis' Siblings

    The Argentine-born religious leader made world history in 2013 when he became the first Latin American pope, the first Jesuit, and the first non-European in many years (according to The Washington Post, it's been close to 1,300 years since the last one) to be elected to the role. The journey to the papacy was a long one for the now 84-year-old.

    The Truth About The Time Pope Francis Worked As A Bouncer

    The Truth About The Time Pope Francis Worked As A Bouncer

    The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, reported that the pope told the group at the church of San Cirillo Alessandrino about his stint as a janitor responsible for keeping floors clean, working as a technician in food science laboratory, and, later, as a literature and psychology teacher, according to the LA Times. But nothing got as much attention on that list of occupations as his time as a bouncer at a nightclub. Dealing with rowdy Argentinian clubgoers seemed an unlikely path to the Vatican.

    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).

    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.

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