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Four Things To Know About Pope Francis

Yesterday was a historic day, as the new leader of the Catholic Church was chosen by 115 cardinals in Rome.  So who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the 226th pope?

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There are 1.2 billion Catholics in the world.  Here’s a look at their new leader and a glimpse into what they may expect in the years ahead.

1.  Well for starters, we know he took the name Francis, which honors Saint Francis of Assisi.  This is the first time a pope has chosen the name Francis.  Saint Francis is an iconic figure in the Catholic Church, so it’s a big deal the new pope chose Francis for his papal name.

2.  He’s also the first pope from Latin America and the first Jesuit pope.

3.  According to People, he’s known to be humble and live simply.  When he lived in Buenos Aries, he cooked his own meals, took the bus, and lived in a simple downtown apartment.  He passed up a limo with driver, as well as the palatial church housing.

4.  Where does he stand on social issues?  He’s a social conservative, opposing abortion, gay marriage and the ordination of women.  People reports the new pope is thought to be less conservative on contraception.


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