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9 things you should know about Pope Francis
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Posted on 03/13/2013 2:51:09 PM PDT by Morgana

March 13, 2013 (ActonInstitute) - 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.

1. 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.”


TOPICS: Catholic; General Discusssion
KEYWORDS: catholic; conclave; popefrancis; romancatholicism
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1 posted on 03/13/2013 2:51:09 PM PDT by Morgana
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To: Morgana
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.

There was an Asian pope?

2 posted on 03/13/2013 2:53:39 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: Morgana

Pray for the new Pope


3 posted on 03/13/2013 2:55:25 PM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: Tanniker Smith

Why do I keep hearing there’s never been a pope from Africa?


4 posted on 03/13/2013 2:56:08 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Morgana

An evangelizer, most likely one of the reasons he was elected.

How does he square with the St Malachy prophecy one might wonder.


5 posted on 03/13/2013 2:56:11 PM PDT by bronxville (Margaret Sanger - “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,)
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To: Morgana

There was an Asian pope?


6 posted on 03/13/2013 2:56:17 PM PDT by omega4179
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To: Tanniker Smith

Probably from Antioch or Alexandria in the early days of the Church.


7 posted on 03/13/2013 2:56:24 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Tanniker Smith
There was an Asian pope?

As another FR poster pointed out, Peter was the first Pope. He was from Judea (modern Israel). Technically the M.E. is part of the Asian continent

8 posted on 03/13/2013 2:57:33 PM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: Tanniker Smith
There was an Asian pope?

Much of Russia and its ancient provinces are in Asia.

9 posted on 03/13/2013 2:58:02 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Tanniker Smith; Opinionated Blowhard

Well for starters, the first pope was from Asia.


10 posted on 03/13/2013 2:58:07 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Tanniker Smith

Pope St Gregory III was the last Asian pope, from Syria. (I guess that counts as part of Asia, I’m always a little confused about the Middle East.)


11 posted on 03/13/2013 2:59:01 PM PDT by mhx
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To: Tanniker Smith

Quite a few early Popes were from Syria and a couple from Jerusalem, if I recall.


12 posted on 03/13/2013 2:59:39 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius (www.wilsonharpbooks.com)
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To: skeeter

Because, according to the media, if you are not from sub-Saharan Africa, you’re not African.


13 posted on 03/13/2013 3:04:24 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: mhx

Ah, okay. I guess that counts.


14 posted on 03/13/2013 3:06:01 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: bronxville
How does he square with the St Malachy prophecy one might wonder.

Is he supposed to?

15 posted on 03/13/2013 3:08:45 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: Morgana

He’s the first pope since 897 with a completely new name never used before (since John Paul I was honoring two recent popes, John XXIII and Paul VI).


16 posted on 03/13/2013 3:09:08 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Alex Murphy

well, he’s a pope, so that’s like Peter, and the Vatican’s in Rome, so... ahh, Malachy just put that in there because he was a wise guy.


17 posted on 03/13/2013 3:10:39 PM PDT by mhx
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To: Morgana
The only remaining continents that have never had a pope come from their lands are Australia, Antarctica, and North America.

This is really unfair to the indigenous people of Antarctica. They are a gentle folk who have never gone to war.

18 posted on 03/13/2013 3:16:11 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

“This is really unfair to the indigenous people of Antarctica. They are a gentle folk who have never gone to war.”

That’s because they are penguins.


19 posted on 03/13/2013 3:28:39 PM PDT by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: flaglady47

That’s because they are penguins.


Don’t hate!

;-)


20 posted on 03/13/2013 3:32:00 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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