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7 Things to know about Pope Francis

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
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7 Things to Know

Here's a list of 7 things to know about Pope Francis, the newly elected pontiff.

1) Pope Francis, 76-year-old Jorge Bergoglio, is the first Jesuit pope.

2) He is the first pope from Latin America.

3) He had a lung removed due to infection when he was a teenager.

4) He is known for modernizing an Argentine church that had been among the most conservative in Latin America.

5) He's never lived in the ornate church mansion in Buenos Aires. He lived in a small downtown room heated by a small stove.

6) He preferred to take public transportation in Argentina.

7) He couldn't stop the legalization of gay marriage, or the promotion of free contraception and artificial insemination in Argentina.

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