The new pontiff Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of 12 persons HIV-infected


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On 13th March 2013, white smoke billowing from the Sistine Chapel chimney announces to the world that cardinals gathered inside have elected a new Pope to head the Catholic Church.

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on December 17, 1936, Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the first south-american Pope.

Bergoglio went on to attend the Philosophical and Theological Faculty of San Miguel, where he earned a degree in philosophy, and later received a doctorate in theology in Freiburg, Germany.Early into his priesthood, Bergoglio earned a reputation as a doctrinal conservative.


The Guardian made a list of the most interesting 6 facts about the new pontiff:

  1. He likes to travel by bus.
  2. He has lived for more than 50 years with one functioning lung. He had the other removed as a young man because of infection.
  3. He trained as a chemist.

He claims that adoption by homosexuals is a form of discrimination against children but believes that condoms can be permissible to prevent infection.

  1. In 2001 he washed and kissed the feet of Aids patients in a hospice.
  2. He speaks fluent Italian, as well as Spanish and German.

Source: The Guardian

Video source: BBC news