12 things to know about Pope Francis

Published On: Mar 14 2013 12:40:01 PM CDT   Updated On: Dec 17 2014 01:00:00 AM CST

Pope Francis turns 78 years old today. Here are 12 interesting facts about this non-conformist leader of the Catholic Church.

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6. The new pope broke historic ground by choosing the name Francis, as this is the first time the name is being used by a pope, said CNN Vatican expert John Allen. Pope Francis chose his name in honor of St. Francis of Assisi because he is a lover of the poor.

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