Here are 10 fascinating facts about Pope Francis.
Pope Francis has made an immediate impression on the world with his humble demeanor and openness. Here are 10 things you may not know about His Holiness.
Number 10: Number 10: Pope Francis, according to TolkienBrasil, is a fan of the works of JRR Tolkien. During an Easter message to Argentine teachers while a Cardinal, he mentioned Frodo and Bilbo as illustrations of hopeful heroes who are called to walk a path between good and evil.
Number 9: Pope Francis, besides being employed as a nightclub bouncer and literature teacher, was also a janitor at one time.
Number 8: He has upset traditionalists. Pope Francis created an uproar when washing and kissing the feet of two women, one of whom was Muslim, during a traditional Holy Thursday ceremony at a youth prison. Traditionalists say that this ritual is a re-enactment of Jesus washing the feet of the 12 apostles before his death, and should be restricted to men only.
Number 7: Pope Francis is willing to be silly. In early November 2013, the Pope donned a red nose and posed with a newly married couple inside the Vatican. The couple volunteers for a charity that uses clown therapy with ill children.
Number 6: Pope Francis has 3.7 million followers on Twitter and calls the internet “something truly good, a “gift from God”.
Number 5: Some have said that the Pope sometimes sneaks out of the Vatican in priest clothing in order to assist in feeding the homeless in Rome.
Number 4: Pope Francis included atheists in his Christmas address. Stating “The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics...Even the atheists. “
Number 3: Pope Francis will often make personal phone calls to members of his flock. In September of 2013 it was reported that he called to comfort a pregnant Italian woman whose married boyfriend tried to convince her to have an abortion. He reportedly told her he would “personally baptize the baby when it is born”.
Number 2: He has been outspoken about the church spending money frivolously. He urged officials to dress moderately and questioned the spending of $20,000 on cardinal’s clothes.
Number 1: He takes great selfies.