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The new Pope is Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina!
POPE FRANCIS, (CARDINAL JORGE MARIO BERGOGLIO FROM ARGENTINA, 76 YRS) ELECTED ON WEDNESDAY, 13.3.2013 AT 7:05PM VATICAN TIME.
Born: 17th December 1937
Francis becomes the 266th pontiff in the Church’s 2,000-year history.
He is said to be “HUMBLE AND SINCERE”.
He is known to live simply—before calling Vatican City his home, he lived in an apartment in Buenos Aires instead of the archbishop’s palace. He cooked his own meals, and instead of taking a private car to work, he took the public bus.
• He has lived for more than 50 years with one functioning lung. He had the other removed as a young man because of infection.
• He is the son of an Italian railway worker.
• He trained as a chemist.
• He is the first non-European pope in the modern era.
• In 2001 he washed and kissed the feet of Aids patients in a hospice.
• He speaks fluent Italian, as well as Spanish and German.
• Until now he has been living in a small flat, eschewing a formal bishop’s residence.
• He told Argentinians not to travel to Rome to celebrate if he was appointed but to give their money to the poor instead.