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December 2, 2013

Report: Pope Francis Was a Bouncer at a Nightclub in Buenos Aires

Topics: Faith

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During a four hour parish visit of the church of San Cirillo Alessandrino in a working-class neighborhood on the outskirts of Rome yesterday, Pope Francis chatted informally with a large number of parishioners before and after celebrating Mass, during which time he spoke about his past careers that included not only having worked sweeping floors and running tests in a chemical laboratory as a teenager, Pope Francis revealed he also used to work as a bouncer in a nightclub in Buenos Aires.

[...] He told one group that when he was young, he worked as a bouncer, and that his work later in life, teaching literature and psychology, taught him how to get people back into the church.

He said it's enough to be a witness of hope and, as St. Peter said, "always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope."

Recounting how he discovered his vocation to the priesthood after confession with a priest he had never met before, the pope joked it was common knowledge that the best confessors are priests the penitent does not know and priests who are deaf.

Much more here...

According to The Telegraph, following his bouncer career Pope Francis later earned a masters degree in chemistry at the University of Buenos Aires before becoming a Jesuit priest. He went on to earn degrees in philosophy and theology, and taught several subjects in Argentinian universities. The Telegraph's report includes 20 very interesting things you didn't know about Pope Francis.

Posted by Hyscience at December 2, 2013 4:35 PM



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