Some facts about Pope Francis at the 5-year mark

Latest news

    In five years, the world has gotten to know Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the son of Italian immigrants to Argentina who was so self-deprecating that when he emerged on the loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica on March 13, 2013, as Pope Francis, he quipped that his brother cardinals had to search to the “end of the Earth” to find a new leader.

    For starters, he likes his mate — an Argentine tea. He suffers from sciatica. For a period in his 40s he saw a psychoanalyst to “clear up some things.” His favorite film is Fellini’s “La Strada” followed closely by “Rome, Open City” with a fondness too for “Babette’s Feast.”

    Here are a few facts about Pope Francis, as well as some highlights from five years with a very different kind of pope.

    ———

    MAGICAL MOMENTS

    —Sept. 21, 2014: When he wept hearing the life story of a priest, the Rev. Ernest Simoni, who was tortured and imprisoned during Albania’s communist rule. Francis later made Simoni a cardinal.

    —Oct. 1, 2016: When he was spellbound by the haunting Aramaic chant sung by a young Georgian girl and a monk in the Orthodox cathedral outside Tblisi. Francis was later snubbed by the Orthodox hierarchy at his open-air Mass in the Georgian capital.

    —Dec. 1, 2017: When his already whispery voice weakened as he met with Myanmar’s Rohingya refugees and told them “The presence of God today is also called Rohingya.”

    ———

    HISTORIC MOMENTS:

    —June 8, 2014: When Francis hosted the Israeli and Palestinian presidents for a peace prayer in the Vatican gardens. Full-scale conflict broke out in the Gaza Strip a few weeks later.

    —Sept. 24, 2015: When he challenged the U.S. Congress to rediscover America’s ideals by taking action on climate change, immigration and poverty reduction. The speech was the first by a pope at the U.S. capitol.

    —Feb. 12, 2016: When he met with the Russian Orthodox patriarch in the first such encounter in over 1,000 years. The meeting took place in the geopolitically and geographically convenient airport of Havana, as Francis was travelling to Mexico.

    ———

    SEEMINGLY LIGHT BUT ULTIMATELY TELLING MOMENTS:

    —March 14, 2013: When he paid his bill and checked out of the Rome residence after he had been elected pope. The gesture set the stage for a papacy of simple, humble gestures.

    —Nov. 30, 2015: When he invited the imam of Bangui to join him in his popemobile for a spin through the besieged, divided Central African Republic capital in a sign of Christian-Muslim coexistence.

    —Jan. 18, 2018: When he married two Chilean flight attendants at 35,000 feet after their church wedding was canceled due to an earthquake.

    ——

    WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED?

    —Francis doesn’t much care for “selfies” but tolerates posing for them because that’s what kids these days do.

    —He hasn’t watched television since June 15, 1990, when he made a promise to the Virgin Mary that he wouldn’t.

    —He likes Caravaggio and Chagall, Mozart and Bach. His preferred literary references run from Dostoyevsky to Borges and the Argentine epic poem “Martin Fierro.”

    —He has a temper, admits to having an “authoritative” bent and has been known to curse like a sailor.

    —He rises at 4:30 a.m., takes a siesta after lunch and is asleep by 10 p.m.

    —He carries a razor and breviary prayer book in the worn black satchel he carries on trips.

    View the original article: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/fun-facts-pope-francis-year-mark-53679070

    —He heats his own food in the Vatican hotel dining room microwave.

    In the same category are

    N. Korea’s Kim Jong Un, in China, again calls for ‘step-by-step’ denuclearization In their third meeting in less than three months, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping reportedly hailed their close and g...
    North Korea expected to return remains of up to 200 US service members The Trump administration is expecting North Korea to return up to 200 sets of remains believed to be American service members who died during the Kore...
    Divers search Indonesian lake for 192 missing after sinking The wooden vessel, overcrowded with passengers as well as dozens of motorbikes, didn't have a manifest and disaster officials have several times raise...
    US loses top spot in World’s 50 Best Restaurants rankings Bilbao, one of the culinary capitals of the world, hosted the prestigious World's 50 Best Restaurants 2018 unveiling on Tuesday, and American gastrono...
    EU says it will start to impose tariffs on US on Friday The European Union will from Friday start taxing a range of imports from the U.S., including quintessentially American goods like Harley-Davidson bike...
    Canada becomes 2nd country to fully legalize marijuana Canadian lawmakers approved landmark legislation on Tuesday to fully legalize marijuana.The move will make Canada the second country in the world to l...

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.