Pope Francis Age, Wife, Biography, Facts & More
Bio Real NameJorge Mario Bergoglio NicknameNot Known ProfessionPope of the Roman Catholic Church Ordination13 December 1969 Consecration27 June 1992 Career• On December 1969, Bergoglio was ordained as a priest. • In 1973, Bergoglio began serving as Jesuit provincial of Argentina. • On May 20, 1992, Bergoglio was named the bishop of Auca and auxiliary of Buenos Aires. • In 2001, he was elevated to cardinal by Pope John Paul II. • In 2005, he was named the president of the Bishops' Conference of Argentina, serving in that position until 2011. • On March 13, 2013, Bergoglio was named the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church—becoming the first citizen from the Americas, the first non-European and first Jesuit priest to be named pope, and adopting the name Pope Francis (he took the title after St. Francis of Assisi of Italy). Physical Stats & More Heightin centimeters- 170 cm in meters- 1.70 m in Feet Inches- 5' 7” Weight (approx.)in Kilograms- 72 kg in Pounds- 158 lbs Eye ColourDark Gray Hair ColourWhite (Semi-Bald) Personal Life Date of Birth17 December 1936 Age (as in 2016)80 Years Birth PlaceFlores, Buenos Aires, Argentina Zodiac sign/Sun signSagittarius NationalityArgentine (with Vatican citizenship) HometownFlores, Buenos Aires, Argentina ResidenceApostolic Palace, Vatican City SchoolWilfrid Barón de los Santos Ángeles, Ramos Mejía, Buenos Aires Technical Secondary School CollegeTechnical Secondary School Educational QualificationsDiploma in Chemical Technology Debut1960 (enter in Jesuit) FamilyFather- Mario Jose Bergoglio Mother- Regina Maria Sivori
Some Lesser Known Facts About Pope Francis
Does Pope Francis smoke?: Not Known
Does Pope Francis drink alcohol?: Not Known
Francis is the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere and the first non-European pope since the Syrian Gregory III in 741.
Pope is a polyglot. He can speak Spanish, Latin and Italian fluently and understanding German, French, Portuguese, English, and Ukrainian.
His Father Mario José Bergoglio was an Italian immigrant accountant born in Portacomaro (Province of Asti) in Italy’s Piedmont region.
Mario José’s family left Italy in 1929, to escape the fascist rule of Benito Mussolini.
The Pontiff has only one functioning lung. He had his right lung removed in his youth due to an infection, but he appears to be in good health even at the ripe age of almost 80.
Before he became a Jesuit, Pope Francis used to work as a bouncer in a Buenos Aries bar to help pay for his studies.
During the 1960´s, He taught literature, philosophy, psychology, and theology at several high schools in Argentina.
When he was 12 years old, he fell in love with a girl from his neighborhood. He reportedly told her, “If I don’t marry you, I’m going to be a priest.” Even in this case, the Pontiff kept his word.
Currently, Pope holds the citizenship of three countries; Argentina, Italy and Vatican City.
In 2013, news magazine the TIME named Pope Francis the Person of the Year, a prestigious title was given to the one who “has done the most to influence the events of the year”.
In 2001, as the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, he washed and kissed the feet of 12 AIDS patients at an Argentine hospice.
Pope Francis came out strong against sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Francis has branded the sexual abuse of children by priests an ugly crime saying he would show zero tolerance for anyone in the church who perpetrated such crimes against children.