Early today, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina was elected as the 266th pope of the Catholic Church. Here are nine things you should know about Pope Francis.

pope-francis1. Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires in 1936. His father was an Italian immigrant.

2. He’s the first pope from South America. The only remaining continents that have never had a pope come from their lands are Australia, Antarctica, and North America.

3. He’s the first Jesuit pope.

4. He only has one lung. His other lung was removed due to infection when he was a teenager.

5. Bergoglio is known for his personal simplicity. In Argentina he lived in a simple apartment rather than the archbishop’s palace, cooked his own meals, and gave up his chauffeured limousine in favor of taking the bus to work.

6. In 2010, when Argentina became the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage, Bergoglio encouraged clergy across the country to tell Catholics to protest against the legislation because, if enacted, it could “seriously injure the family” and that gay adoption would be “depriving (children) of the human growth that God wanted them given by a father and a mother.”

7. He studied and received a master’s degree in chemistry at the University of Buenos Aires, but later decided to become a Jesuit priest and studied liberal arts at the Catholic seminary in Santiago, Chile.

8. At the age of 76, Francis is the ninth oldest pope of those elected after 1295. (Benedict, who was elected at the age of 78, was fifth oldest.)

9. Last year, Bergoglio compared Catholic priests who refused to baptize the children of unwed mothers to the Pharisees of Jesus’ day. “These are today’s hypocrites. Those who clericalize the Church,” he said, adding, “Jesus teaches us another way: Go out. Go out and share your testimony, go out and interact with your brothers, go out and share, go out and ask. Become the Word in body as well as spirit.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/dr.lisa.nicholas Lisa Nicholas

    When was there an Asian pope?

    • Anthony Bradley

      Lisa, Syria had 5 Popes (St Anicetus, John V, Sisinnius, Constantine and St Gregory III)

    • http://Culture11.com Joe Carter

      If I were Catholic I’d say the first one—”St. Peter.” But being an evangelical I’ll just go with Anthony’s list of the ones from Syria.

    • http://www.facebook.com/DJTripM Mike Manjon

      There was a Pope Ye

  • rfmaulion

    How about how he instigated the kidnapping of his two priests as written in Wikepedia?

  • http://twitter.com/johncfarrier John Farrier

    I long for the first Antarctican pope.

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  • nnaemeka

    Who was the African pope? Or is Africa not a continent by your reckoning?

    • http://Culture11.com Joe Carter

      Gelasius I, Victor 1, and (probably) Miltiades.

      • nnaemeka

        Thank you for the. Information.
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  • Daniel

    North America is in the same Continent.

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  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynx_pardinus F. Lynx Pardinus

    I’m curious to know whether you all agree or disagree with the Jerry Bowyer piece on Forbes: “Is Jorge Bergoglio, the New Pope Francis, a Capitalist?”


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  • http://www.facebook.com/beverly.white.125 Beverly White

    During all the happiness and excitement, Lets not forget our Christian Brothers and Sisters who are persecuted in muslim majority countries, for their Love of Jesus Christ. Just this week in Lahore Pakistan hundreds of Christian families were attacked in their homes, their homes were burnt to the ground, as well as 2 Christian Churches and 18 shops.They arent allowed a decent education, jobs, or hospitals. Many are arrested on false charges, tortured and murdered. This is happening all over the world. We as Christians must speak out in their defense, less we too become victims too. Please pray for them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/beverly.white.125 Beverly White

    The Pope is for everyone, in every country. It shouldnt matter to us from where he was borned, Brothers and Sisters, God chooses whom He chooses. He selects the man who will best serve His Church. Do we dare to bicker about such things to God?? Let us be humble, and give thanks to God. Peace .

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