Holy Smokes! 5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About New Pope Francis I

After just two days of meeting, the 115 assembled cardinals selected a new pope in what Time has called a "remarkably fast conclave." As the white smoke billowed from the smokestack on top of the Sistine Chapel, there was much speculation. Would the new pope be an American? Would the new pope be from Italy? Turns out he is neither. The new pope (the 266th pontiff) is Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina. So who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now known as Francis I? Here are 5 facts about the new Catholic leader:

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Basic Facts

Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1936, making him 76-years-old today. His father was from Italy, and had worked on the railroads in Turin. He has four siblings and initially thought he was going to become a chemist, but in 1958 he changes course and entered the Society of Jesus and began to start his studies to become a priest.

Simple Man

He is not one for pomp and circumstance; rather he lived in a simple apartment in Argentina, forgoing living in the archbishop's palace which was at his disposal. Instead of taking the limousine that was offered to him, he opted to take the bus instead. And instead of having a personal chef, he cooked all his own meals.

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His New Name

As tradition holds, the Pope gives up his old name and picks a new one. Jorge Mario Bergoglio will now be known as Francis. This choice being in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. He is the first Pope to select the name of Francis.

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His Standings

The National Catholic Register spoke of his background saying that, "Back in 2005, Bergoglio drew high marks as an accomplished intellectual, having studied theology in Germany. His leading role during the Argentine economic crisis burnished his reputation as a voice of conscience, and made him a potent symbol of the costs globalization can impose on the world's poor."

But he is also old school in his beliefs - he does not support same sex marriage, for example. Bergoglio once wrote on the subject when a bill came up giving, "same-sex couples the opportunity to marry and adopt children," saying: "In the coming weeks, the Argentine people will face a situation whose outcome can seriously harm the family…At stake is the identity and survival of the family: father, mother and children. At stake are the lives of many children who will be discriminated against in advance, and deprived of their human development given by a father and a mother and willed by God. At stake is the total rejection of God's law engraved in our hearts."


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He Has One Lung

He had an infection as a teenager and had to have one of his lungs removed. This reportedly worried some, who wanted a younger and perhaps healthier Pope.

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