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Pope Francis

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Pope Francis (Latin: Franciscus; Italian: Francesco; Spanish: Francisco; born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on 17 December 1936) is the head of the Catholic Church, the bishop of Rome and sovereign of the Vatican City State. Francis is the first pope to be a member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first pope from outside Europe since the 8th century papacy of Syrian pope Gregory III. 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. After recovering from a severe illness of pneumonia and cysts, he was inspired to join the Jesuits in 1958. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Francis has received more than 27,393,728 page views. His biography is available in 155 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 153 in 2019). Pope Francis is the 7th most popular religious figure (up from 9th 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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  • 155

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  • 20.30

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  • 3.28

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Among religious figures, Pope Francis ranks 7 out of 2,238Before him are Muhammad, Jesus, Moses, Martin Luther, Abraham, and Mary, mother of Jesus. After him are Paul the Apostle, Solomon, Saint Peter, John the Baptist, Zoroaster, and Saint Nicholas.

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

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In Argentina

Among people born in Argentina, Pope Francis ranks 2 out of 1,019Before him are Che Guevara (1928). After him are Jorge Luis Borges (1899), Diego Maradona (1960), Alfredo Di Stéfano (1926), Eva Perón (1919), Daniel Barenboim (1942), Astor Piazzolla (1921), Juan Perón (1895), Juan Manuel Fangio (1911), Martha Argerich (1941), and Lionel Messi (1987).


Among religious figures born in Argentina, Pope Francis ranks 1After him are Leonardo Sandri (1943), Mario Aurelio Poli (1947), Estanislao Esteban Karlic (1926), Jorge María Mejía (1923), Antonio Caggiano (1889), Juan Carlos Aramburu (1912), Luis Héctor Villalba (1934), Raúl Francisco Primatesta (1919), and Roberto Grau (1900).

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