From his salary to his ex-girlfriend: 10 things you didn’t know about Pope Francis

5. The Archbishop had a girlfriend! “She was one of my friends with whom I regularly went dancing, but then I discovered my religious calling,” the Pope confessed to the authors of his biography. So, definitely not a scandalous affair for the Pope.

6. Students sometimes find it difficult to cover living expenses because of their low income. Jorge mentioned that he also experienced this. And so he worked as a bouncer in a bar in Buenos Aires to fund his studies.

7. The archbishop is a big fan of football. He is a passionate fan of San Lorenzo Football Club.

8. As the Placeholder of Jesus Christ, the pope has many tasks, but even the pope sometimes takes time off to watch a movie. Franciscus’s favorite? Babette’s Feast, a Danish drama from 1987.

9. Francis is the first non-European pope in a long time. His only non-European predecessor took over in 731.

10. As the head of the Roman Catholic Church, His Holiness is building a nice retirement. Pope Benedict XVI resigned in 2013 and received a nice pension package. The last time the Vatican gave a pension was 600 years ago. The Italian newspaper La Stampa reported that the Pope Emeritus receives 2500 euros a month.

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