Who is Pope Francis? He is the head of the Catholic Church. Also, he is sovereign of the Vatican City State. You may wonder about his net worth. Also, how about his early life and the other things related to him? Let’s find out about it below.
Pope Francis’ Net Worth
There is not clear information about Pope Francis’ net worth. According to Net Worth Bro website, Pope Francis has an estimated net worth of $2 million. In Celeb Net Worths, it is mentioned that his net worth is $5 million. However, in Wealthy Persons, it is informed that he has a net worth of $80 million.
He has collected his net worth as a priest and a pope. Since 1969 he has served the Catholic Church and he has worked for almost half a decade. The church itself has an estimated net worth of more than 1 billion dollars.
Pope Francis’ Early Life
Pope Francis was born as Jorge Mario Bergoglio. He was born on December 17th, 1936 in Flores which is a neighborhood of Buenos Aires. He was the eldest child of five children. His father’s name was Mario Jose Bergoglio who lived from 1908 to 1959 and his mother’s name was Maria Sivori who lived from 1911 to 1981.
In 1929, Mario Jose’s family left Italy to escape the fascist rule of Benito Mussolini. Maria Elena Bergoglio, the pope’s only living sibling, stated that they did not move for economic reasons. The other Pope’s siblings were Alberto Horacio, Oscar Adrian, and Marta Regina. He had two great-nephews namely Antonio and Joseph, but they died in a traffic collision. He also has a niece namely Cristina Bergoglio who is a painter based in Madrid, Spain.
When Bergoglio was in the sixth grade, he attended Wilfrid Baron de los Santos Angeles. It was a school of the Salesians of Don Bosco, in Ramos Mejia, Buenos Aires Province. Then, he became a student of the technical secondary school Escuela Tecnica Industrial N° 27 Hipolito Yrigoyen and graduated with a chemical technician’s diploma.
Pope worked in the food section of Hickethier-Bachmann Laboratory for several years. There, he worked under Esther Ballestrino. Before he worked as a chemical technician, he also had worked as a bar bouncer and as a janitor sweeping floors.
When Pope was 21 years old, he suffered from pneumonia and three cysts. Then, he had part of a lung excised. He has become a lifelong supporter of San Lorenzo de Almagro football club. Besides, he also likes the films of Tita Merello, neorealism and tango dancing and he likes the traditional music of Argentina and Uruguay known as the milonga.
How Pope Francis Become a Priest?
On he was on his way to celebrate the Spring Day, he found his vocation to the priesthood. At that time, he passed by a church to go to confession and then he was inspired by the priest. Then, he studied at the archdiocesan seminary, Inmaculada Concepcion Seminary, in VIlla Devoto, Buenos Aires and then after three years he got into the Society of Jesus as a novice on March 11th, 1958.
Pope has said that when he was a young seminarian, he had a crush on a girl that he met and it made him briefly doubted to continue the religious career. In Santiago, Chile, he studied humanities as a Jesuit novice. On March 12th, 1960, he officially became a Jesuit after his novitiate in the Society of Jesus.
In 1960, he got a licentiate in philosophy from the Colegio Maximo de San Jose in San Miguel, Buenos Aires Province. At the Colegio de la Inmaculada Concepcion, a high school in Santa Fe, he taught literature and psychology from 1964 to 1965. Then, he taught the same courses at the Colegio del Salvador in Buenos Aires in 1966.
Pope Francis was selected when he was 76 years old and he was reported to be healthy. His doctors said that his missing lung tissue which was removed when he was young does not significantly affect his health.
He becomes the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas and also the first from the Southern Hemisphere. As pope, his manner is not as formal as previous popes. On the night of his election, he took a bus back to his hotel with the cardinals instead of being driven in the papal car.
Besides being able to speak his native Spanish, he is also able to speak Latin which is the official language of the Holy See, Italian which is the official language of Vatican City and the everyday language of the Holy See, German, French, English, Portuguese and he can understand the Piedmontese language and some Genoese.
He decided not to live in the official papal residence in the Apostolic Palace. Instead, he lives in the Vatican guest house, in a suite where he is able to receive visitors and hold meetings. He becomes the first pope since Pope Pius X to live outside the papal apartments. For the Sunday Angelus, he still appears at the window of the Apostolic Palace.
Pope Francis’ International Diplomatic Role
Pope Francis became a key role in the talks about restoring full diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba. On December 17th, 2014, this restoration was announced by US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro.
In May 2014, he visited the State of Israel and he delivered 12 speeches. In May 2015, he welcomed Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to the Vatican. A treaty was signed by the Vatican to recognize the state of Palestine.
On June 6th, 2015, he visited Sarajevo which is the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina where he urged peace during his time in the religiously diverse city.
On September 2015, he addressed the United Nations in New York City. On April 2016, he visited the Moria Refugee Camp on the Greek island of Lesbos to call attention of the world to the refugee issue.
There are still a lot of international roles that he has done and the last one was on May 9th, 2021 where he called for peace between Israel and Palestians and an end to clashes in Jerusalem during his Regina caeli address.