Five interesting facts about Pope Francis

December 18, 2018

It’s his birthday

Pope Francis, the leader of the worldwide Catholic Church, turns 82 today. He was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on Dec. 17, 1936, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

A pope of firsts

Pope Francis is the first Jesuit pope, the first Latin American pope, the first from the Americas and the first non-European pope in more than 1,000 years.

Nearly landed the job before

Then a cardinal, Francis reportedly received the second most votes in the 2005 papal election, which brought Pope Benedict XVI to the papacy.

A modest living arrangement

Shortly after he became pope, the Vatican announced Francis decided to continue staying in a suite in the Vatican hotel instead of moving into the papal apartment.

A distinguished honor

On Dec. 11, 2013, Francis was named Time magazine’s person of the year.

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