The world has new Pope – level 3

The world has new Pope – level 3

18-03-2013 14:00

The first Latin American pope and the first from outside Europe since the 8th century, Pope Francis has been revealed to Catholics on the balcony of St Peter’s Basilica last night. But what do we know about him?

Argentina's Jorge Bergoglio is 76 years old and is known for being modest, content to travel by bus rather than chauffeur. He has rejected a comfortable lifestyle, living in a small apartment during his time in Buenos Aires and cooking for himself.

His biographer has described him as a balancing force, intellectual but a solid man, deeply attached to Roman Catholic traditions. The former cardinal is the first Jesuit to become pope and was born into a middle class family of seven, his father a railway worker.

In the Vatican he is expected to lead the church with an iron grip and a strong social conscience, something that will be needed amid the child abuse scandal that has rocked the church and claims of financial corruption.

Interesting words: revealed (showed), modest (someone who does not need to have a lot of things), content (satisfied), chauffeur (driver), cardinal (higher level priest), Jesuit (member of the Roman Catholic Society of Jesus), iron grip (strong hold), conscience (thinking), amid (among), rocked (shaken).

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