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.

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“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 Pope Tells Parents of LGBT Children That ‘God Loves Your Children As They Are.’

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The Pope Tells Parents of LGBT Children That ‘God Loves Your Children As They Are.’

Pope Francis is, once again, making headlines for his progressive views on contemporary issues. Since his election to papal office in 2013, Pope Francis has largely been considered open-minded due to his comparatively laid-back stances on controversial topics like divorce, climate change, and LGBT issues.

On Thursday, the Jesuit publication American Magazine reported that Pope Francis recently told the parents of LGBT children that “God loves your children as they are.”

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According to the publication, the Pope was having a dialogue with the parent of a lapsed-Catholic gay child who had left the church because “he did not feel accepted in his diversity”. The woman, whose name is Mara Grassi, is the Vice President of an association called “Jonathan’s Tent,” which “welcomes and provides information and formation to L.G.B.T. Christians, their families and pastoral workers.”

Before describing her interaction with the Pope, Grassi explained her journey as a Catholic parent of a gay child to American Magazine. “For many years I was like a blind person,” she said.

“After I came to know that my son was homosexual, I suffered a lot because the rules of the church made me think that he was excluded from the love of God. Nobody helped me,” Grassi added.

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It was only when Grassi attended a Catholic vigil against homophobia and connected with other parents of gay children that she realized that “faith and homosexuality are not in opposition” and that “God loves my son as he is.” And according to this most recent report, the Pope’s opinion seems to be in accordance with Grassi’s beliefs.

Grassi told American Magazine that she told the Pope she wanted to “create a bridge to the church so that the church too can change its way of looking at our children, no longer excluding them but fully welcoming them.” It was in response to this statement that the Pope told her: “The church loves your children as they are because they are children of God.”

According to the same report, before he left, Jonathan’s Tent gifted the Pope a rainbow-colored T-shirt with the words “In love there is no fear” written across the front.

Considering the Catholic Church’s traditionally conservative stances on gay issues, the Pope’s statement was surprising to many. In the past, the Catholic Church’s stance has been that homosexuality is “intrinsically disordered” and “contrary to natural law.”

The Pope himself also has a complicated track record on gay rights, implying that gay marriage “threatens” the “very institution of marriage”. However, he has also previously expressed sympathy and modest support for people in the queer community as well as their loved ones, saying “If they accept the Lord and have goodwill, who am I to judge them?”.

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Pope Francis Condemns People Who Are “Taking Advantage” of the Coronavirus to “Create Economic or Political Advantages”

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Pope Francis Condemns People Who Are “Taking Advantage” of the Coronavirus to “Create Economic or Political Advantages”

Pope Francis, usually one to remain largely apoliticfal, has recently made headlines for his second public appearance since the COVID-19 pandemic took the world by storm starting in March.

Last Wednesday, 83-year-old Pope Francis made headlines for publicly wearing a mask–a garment that has become quite controversial in recent months.

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After months of virtual appearances, Pope Francis addressed an audience of around 500 people in the San Damasco courtyard in the Vatican. According to the Associated Press, the audience members were sitting on spaced-out chairs to accommodate social-distancing guidelines.

The Pope was seen entering and exiting his vehicle wearing a white mask. He was also seen using hand sanitizer in between greeting visitors. It is worth noting that Pope Francis had one of his lungs removed when he was younger, likely making him a high-risk person. Although he is usually known for his love of engaging with crowds, kept his distance this time.

In his speech, the Pope urged everyone to use the unusual circumstances of the pandemic to work towards the common good. He then warned against people using COVID-19 to exploit their own agendas.

“Unfortunately, we are witnessing the emergence of partisan interests,” he said, skirting around calling out anyone specifically.

“For example, there are those who want to appropriate possible solutions for themselves, such as (developing) vaccines and then selling them to others.”

He chastised these anonymous bad-faith actors further, adding: “Some are taking advantage of the situation to foment divisions, to create economic or political advantages, to start or intensify conflict.”

This isn’t the first time Pope Francis has condemned politicians and profiteers.

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He previously publicly criticized the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from the parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

In 2018, Reverend Joe S.Vásquez of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement saying “forcibly separating children from their mothers and fathers is ineffective to the goals of deterrence and safety and contrary to our Catholic values”.

In an interview with Reuteurs, the Pope expressed his support of the statement, saying he was “on the side” of the Bishop’s conference. “It’s not easy, but populism is not the solution,” he concluded.

A few days later, he wrote on Twitter: “We encounter Jesus in those who are poor, rejected, or refugees. Do not let fear get in the way of welcoming our neighbour in need.” Some saw it as a clear sub-tweet directed at the Trump administration.

This time, it’s worth wondering if Pope Francis’s decision to wear a mask means he’s subtly making his politics known, even if he isn’t making grand political statements.

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