The new Pope has only one lung – and 9 other facts you didn’t know about him

Published 6 years ago by: OIL PRINCE
at 07:53 PM, 14/03/2013 (6 years ago)

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Newly elected Pope Francis I appears on the central balcony of St Peter’s Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the 266th Pontiff and will lead the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.

Jose Mario Bergoglio was named Pope Francis on Wednesday. The 76-year-old was a surprise choice as many observers expected the College of Cardinals to choose a younger man after the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. Here are 10 things you should know about the Argentine:

1. Francis is the first Jesuit to serve as pope. In the United States, Jesuits are best known for founding colleges and universities, including Boston College, Georgetown and Marquette University.

2. He has only one lung. The other was removed after an infection when he was a teenager.

3. In the 2005 papal election, he was the runner-up, receiving 40 votes on the third ballot and losing to now-Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

4. As the archbishop of Buenos Aires, Bergoglio gave up his chauffeured limousine, opting to ride the bus to work instead.

5. He unsuccessfully fought Argentina’s legalization of gay marriage in 2010, calling it “a scheme to destroy God’s plan.”

6. In 2005, shortly before the conclave, an Argentinian lawyer filed a complaint, accusing Bergoglio of working with Argentina’s military dictatorship to kidnap two liberal priests in 1976. Bergoglio denied the charge.

7. Last September, he delivered a harsh attack on priests in Argentina who refused to baptize children born out of wedlock, calling them “hypocritical.”

8. He has won praise for showing compassion toward victims of HIV and AIDS. In 2012, Bergoglio visited a hospice, where he kissed and washed the feet of 12 victims.

9. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, his parents were Italian immigrants.

10. Argentine President Cristina Kirchner rebuked him after he argued that adoption by gay and lesbian couples was a form of discrimination against children. Kirchner said Bergoglio’s tone was reminiscent of “medieval times and the Inquisition.”

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dlimelite at 07:59 PM, 14/03/2013 (6 years ago)
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ajanni at 09:18 PM, 14/03/2013 (6 years ago)
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very funny
once more they rubbed African from ascending to that post, i was expecting caedinal Arinze of nigeria or at worst that one from ghana
papadip at 09:30 PM, 14/03/2013 (6 years ago)
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Quote from: ajanni on 09:18 PM, 14/03/2013
very funny
once more they rubbed African from ascending to that post, i was expecting caedinal Arinze of nigeria or at worst that one from ghana

Oyinbo Wayo
ajanni at 10:31 PM, 14/03/2013 (6 years ago)
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yes ooooooooooo


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