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12/4/2013 (1 year ago)

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Kept troublemakers out of Buenos Aires bar in his youth; Now he welcomes them back to church

At one time he was a stern-faced doorman at a Buenos Aires nightclub whose business was to keep undesirables out. Now, as the leader of the Catholic Church, he's made it his business to welcome back those very undesirables back into church. It's just one of the many true stories surrounding Pope Francis, a most colorful pope with a colorful past.

The leader of 1.3 billion Catholics, the first Jesuit pope has lived a passionate life. A fan of the art of tango, he had a girlfriend he danced with before he became a priest, Gazetta Del Sud reported.

The leader of 1.3 billion Catholics, the first Jesuit pope has lived a passionate life. A fan of the art of tango, he had a girlfriend he danced with before he became a priest, Gazetta Del Sud reported.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

12/4/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Pope Francis, bouncer, Argentina, previous jobs


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The 76-year-old Pope worked as a nightclub bouncer while he was a college student in Buenos Aires. Since being enthroned, Francis has repeatedly proved himself to be an accessible Pope with the common touch.

Pope Francis waves to crowds as he arrives to his inauguration Mass in St. Peter

Pope Francis waves to crowds as he arrives to his inauguration Mass in St. Peter's Square. Since his enthronement he has made headlines with his affectionate attitude.


The 266th pope, Francis later taught literature and psychology. He credits his years as an instructor as teaching him how to get people back into the church.

Pope Francis spoke to people about his youth and vocation when he visited a working-class neighborho

Pope Francis spoke to people about his youth and vocation when he visited a working-class neighborhood in Rome.


The revelation into his past came as he talked with parishioners when he visited a church in a working-class neighborhood in Rome. Francis spoke of how he realized his true vocation was serving the church after he confessed to a priest he had never met before.

At his visit at a San Cirillo Alessandrino church, Francis recounted some of his former jobs, which included sweeping floors, working in a chemistry lab, teaching literature and psychology and guarding the door as the bouncer at a Buenos Aires nightclub. The pontiff's bouncing gig was first reported by the local media back in March, but this is the first time he has spoken about it since becoming pope - lighting up social media in the process.

Pope Francis has been praised for his common touch and inclusive attitude since his enthronment.

Pope Francis has been praised for his common touch and inclusive attitude since his enthronment.


The leader of 1.3 billion Catholics, the first Jesuit pope has lived a passionate life. A fan of the art of tango, he had a girlfriend he danced with before he became a priest, Gazetta Del Sud reported.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented Pope Francis with a Menorah and a book on the Sp

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented Pope Francis with a Menorah and a book on the Spanish Inquisition.


Since being elected to the Holy See earlier this year, Francis has made headlines by washing the feet of juvenile delinquents, personally calling distraught worshipers on the phone and inviting homeless people to dine at St Peter's Square.

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