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:
- He likes to travel by 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 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.
- In 2001 he washed and kissed the feet of Aids patients in a hospice.
- He speaks fluent Italian, as well as Spanish and German.
Source: The Guardian
Video source: BBC news