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He Worked at a Nightclub to Pay for School and Has a Thing For Men In Uniform – Pope Francis Is Like that Tía We All Love

Pope Francis is undoubtedly going down in history as the dopest pope…and now that we think about it, he reminds us a lot of our tía. You know, the one that always sticks up for us when dad is being super strict, everyone has one. Check out how Pope Francis is more like that tía than dad because…

He worked at a nightclub.

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Yep, El Vicario de Cristo once worked as a bouncer for a nightclub in Buenos Aires to help pay his way through school. (Don’t tell papá!)

He loves to Tango ?.

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The Pope has ritmo. Before he joined the mission, he spent nights Tango dancing with his crew and admitted that it’s “something that comes from within.” Nothing like dad who stands against the wall watching everyone else dance.

He loves a good selfie.

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Pope Francis is not camera shy at all – but he draws a line at the selfie stick. Save it for the prez.

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He had a girlfriend. *Gasp!*

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So did your tía – she never told you?! Pope Francis confessed he fell in a love with his girlfriend Amalia Damonte when he was 17. Typical date nights included going to nightclubs to dance salsa.

He understands the need for the occasional divorce.

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Pope Francis understands that divorce is “morally necessary” at times, unlike dad who always says you have to stay with your husband “hasta que la muerte los separe” – no matter how shady he might be.

He’s not exactly against the gay community.

“Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord?” Yep, that was his response when he was asked what his thoughts were on the subject. Such a cool guy.

He loves a man in uniform.

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Okay, maybe not quite as much as tía Gueramina does, but he has been a strong supporter of veterans, particularly those Argentinian vets who served during the war in the falkland islands.

He has major fangirl moments.

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And he’s not afraid to show his excitement. Like the time he met Leo Messi.

He’s a big-time hugger.

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Kinda like that tía who can’t get enough abrazos and smears lipstick all over your cheek when she says hi.

He’s a little bit of a hippie.

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Kind of like that that aunt we all have who tries to save the Earth, Pope Francis is all about doing what we can to protect nature. In June, Pope Francis wrote a religious encyclical about climate change and our duty to take better care of the Earth.

He adores babies…

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Nothing like dad who’s too embarrassed to be seen playing with a wittle baby. Pope Francis probably knows how to whisper bible verses in baby talk.

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He gets sleepy… during holy mass!

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Dad smacked you upside the head every time you yawned. Even his holiness gets a little bored.

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He’s humble and unpretentious.

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Dad always wants the top-of-the line everything, but Pope Francis is more like the tía who knows how to save a few bucks. He insisted on sharing a one bedroom flat, cooking his own meals and traveling via public transportation although he had full access to the Archbishop’s quarters and a private chef.

He has a heart of gold.

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He has a major soft spot for those in need and wants to take care of everyone he meets, just like all good tías!

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The Vatican Threatened to Fire Employees Who Refuse to Get the Vaccine, But Is Now Walking it Back

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The Vatican Threatened to Fire Employees Who Refuse to Get the Vaccine, But Is Now Walking it Back

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On February 8th Pope Francis signed a health ordinance written by Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello. The ordinance threatened to “interrupt employment” of anyone who refuses the vaccine without a valid medical reason.

The decree cited a 2011 law that says employees will face “varying degrees of consequences that could lead to dismissal” if they do not take proper safety precautions.

They also added that those who are unable to get vaccinated for legitimate reasons will be transferred to a position that does not interact with the public as much.

Although many were surprised by the decree, the message is line with Pope Francis’s longtime stance towards vaccines. Last month, Pope Francis told that Italian press that choosing to vaccinate is “an ethical choice”.

“[Without vaccines], you are gambling with your health, with your life, but you are also gambling with the lives of others,” he said. Pope Francis received his vaccine in January.

The news quickly caused an uproar on social media, with many finding the decree to be overly harsh.

Many social media users finding the decree to be overly-controlling and contrary to Pope Francis’s general message of grace and mercy, and the right to individual freedom.

Of course, some people became worried about the implications of this requirement, their minds conjuring up images of dystopic futures. “Wait until the next stage, where those who choose not to or can’t have the ‘vaccine’ will be excluded from society,” wrote one frightened Twitter user. “Already happening in Israel, the Vatican and Indonesia.”

Some people, however, seemed to not have paid attention in social studies.

For example, controversial GOP Congressman Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina tweeted out that the Pope’s decree “doesn’t sound legal”.

“This doesn’t sound legal…” he tweeted. “One shouldn’t be forced against their will to be vaccinated. The vaccination is there for those who want it, and are in need of it due to medical vulnerabilities.”

While this may be a righteous philosophy, the Pope is, indeed, allowed to do this. As historian John Marshall told Cawthorn: “Sir, you are aware the Vatican is a sovereign city state, governed by an absolute monarch?” Marshall tweeted. “It’s not governed by American law…”

Still, the backlash prompted Vatican officials to amend their stance on mandatory vaccinations.

Cardinal Bertello’s office released a statement on Thursday night saying that “alternative solutions” would be given for those who don’t want a vaccine. Bertello’s office wrote that the decree had been “intended to allow a flexible and proportionate response to the balance between the health protection of the community and the freedom of individual choice”.

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Pope Francis Says That Women Are Now Allowed to Read Scripture During Mass and People Have Conflicting Emotions

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Pope Francis Says That Women Are Now Allowed to Read Scripture During Mass and People Have Conflicting Emotions

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On Monday, Pope Francis announced that he has amended the Code of Canon Law, the official Catholic doctrine to formally allow women to give readings from the bible during mass.

Pope Francis said he made the change in order to recognize the “precious contribution” Catholic women make to the Catholic community.

While some have praised Pope Francis’s decision as a step in the right direction, some have taken issue with the papal decree that also seems to go out of its way to make a distinction between “ordained” ministries (like the priesthood and the diaconate) and other types of priesthoods that are open to both men and women.

It seems that Catholic equality activists are divided into two camps: those who believe that the decree will “open a door” towards women being ordained priests, and those who think the ordinance explicitly shuts down the possibility.

“This is the first codification of allowing women inside the sanctuary,” said historian Phyllis Zagano to AP News. “That’s a very big deal.” Zagano believes that the decree is a step towards female ordination because “you can’t be ordained as deacons unless you’re installed as lectors or acolytes [first].”

Critics are also saying that the ordinance is simply an empty gesture to appease Catholic women who want more leadership roles within the church.

“There is nothing new in the decree — it effectively recognizes the roles that many women have been doing for decades, only now they will be controlled by a bishop,” Lucetta Scaraffia, former editor of the Vatican’s women magazine “Donne”, said to “The New York Times”.

“It seems as though the pope is conceding something to women, but it is something that they’ve had for decades, while denying what they have requested, the diaconate,” she continued.

Indeed, the act of allowing women to read from the bible during mass is already widely practice in Catholic Churches across the world.

When Pope Francis amended the Canon Law to “officially” allow it, he was simply adding greater legitimacy to a practice that was already in place in many ministries across the developed world.

The Argentinian pope explained his decision in a letter, saying that the newly-formally ordained practice would “allow women to have a real and effective impact on the organization, the most important decisions and the direction of communities, while continuing to do so in a way that reflects their womanhood.”

But what “womanhood” is remains up to interpretation. And it definitely isn’t the same as what was when the Roman Catholic Church was first established in 313 A.D.

It is also worth noting that some religious historians believe that women held leadership roles like deacon (ordained minister) in the early history of the Catholic Church.

In fact, since he’s been in office, Pope Francis has created two separate commissions to further investigate the role of women during the early Catholic Church. If it is found that women were, indeed, sometimes ordained as deacons, that fact could give a precedence to women becoming ordained ministers in the current era.

But until then, Pope Francis has made it clear that he has no plans to change canon law to include women in the priesthood or diaconate.

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