Pope Francis

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Pope Francis (Latin: Franciscus; Italian: Francesco; Spanish: Francisco; born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 17 December 1936) is the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State since 2013. Francis is the first pope to be a member of the Society of Jesus, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first pope from outside Europe since Gregory III, a Syrian who reigned in the 8th century. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Bergoglio worked for a time as a bouncer and a janitor as a young man before training to be a chemist and working as a technician in a food science laboratory. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Francis has received more than 21,893,946 page views. His biography is available in 153 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 152 in 2019). Pope Francis is the 9th most popular religious figure (down from 8th in 2019), the 2nd most popular biography from Argentina and the most popular Argentinean Religious Figure.

Pope Francis is most famous for being the first non-European pope in over 1,200 years. He is also famous for his simple lifestyle and his focus on social justice and environmentalism.

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  • 3.85

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Among religious figures, Pope Francis ranks 9 out of 2,272Before him are Martin Luther, Moses, Abraham, Mary, mother of Jesus, Saint Peter, and Paul the Apostle. After him are John the Baptist, Zoroaster, Pope John Paul II, Jacob, Saint George, and Francis of Assisi.

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Among people born in 1936, Pope Francis ranks 1After him are Silvio Berlusconi, Václav Havel, Yves Saint Laurent, Robert Redford, Sepp Blatter, Mario Vargas Llosa, Ken Loach, Andrei Chikatilo, Valery Legasov, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and Amancio Ortega.

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Among people born in Argentina, Pope Francis ranks 2 out of 900Before him are Che Guevara (1928). After him are Jorge Luis Borges (1899), Alfredo Di Stéfano (1926), Eva Perón (1919), Diego Maradona (1960), Juan Perón (1895), Juan Manuel Fangio (1911), Astor Piazzolla (1921), Isabel Martínez de Perón (1931), Martha Argerich (1941), and Jorge Rafael Videla (1925).


Among religious figures born in Argentina, Pope Francis ranks 1After him are Leonardo Sandri (1943), Jorge María Mejía (1923), Mario Aurelio Poli (1947), Antonio Caggiano (1889), Juan Carlos Aramburu (1912), Estanislao Esteban Karlic (1926), and Luis Héctor Villalba (1934).

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