The newly elected Pope Francis I waves to the crowds from St Peter’s basilica. He is believed to have been runner-up last time. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
Pope Francis, the former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, lives in a small flat, takes the bus and only has one functioning lung
By: Guardian staff for The Guardian,
What we know about Pope Francis
â€¢ He likes to travel by bus.
â€¢ He has lived for more than 50 years with one functioning lung. He had the other removed as a young man because of infection.
â€¢ He is the son of an Italian railway worker.
â€¢ He trained as a chemist.
â€¢ He is the first non-European pope in the modern era.
â€¢ He claims that adoption by homosexuals is a form of discrimination against children but believes that condoms “can be permissible” to prevent infection.
â€¢ In 2001 he washed and kissed the feet of Aids patients in a hospice.
â€¢ He speaks fluent Italian, as well as Spanish and German.
â€¢ Until now he has been living in a small flat, eschewing a formal bishop’s residence.
â€¢ He told Argentinians not to travel to Rome to celebrate if he was appointed but to give their money to the poor instead.
â€¢ He is believed to have been the runner-up in the last papal conclave in 2005.
â€¢ He has co-written a book, in Spanish, called Sobre el Cielo y la Tierra (On Heaven and Earth). You can buy it on Kindle.
â€¢ Though conservative on church doctrine, he has criticised priests who refuse to baptise babies born to single mothers.