7 Times the Pope Showed He’s Just Like Lots of Latinos We Know

El Papa Francisco is the first ever Latino Pope  — aaand once you watch him for a bit, it’s pretty clear he’s a lot like our aunts, uncles, tios, tias and grandparents.

He loves fútbol and fútbol loves him.


A die-hard fan of the Argentine national team and his hometown club San Lorenzo, Pope Francis is a hardcore fútbol fan. He’s met with Maradona, who gave him an Argentina jersey with the number 10 on the back. Argentine superstar Lionel Messi gave the Pope a plant. Former San Lorenzo and Inter Milan player, Iván Córdoba, gifted El Papa his old San Lorenzo jersey. He also has a soft spot for Italian teams: he once had a secret chat with AC Milan player Mario Balotelli.

If you don’t pick up the phone, he’s going to get up in your business.

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He once called a convent in Spain to wish the nuns a feliz año, but when they didn’t pick up, he left a message asking,”What are the nuns doing that they can’t answer the phone?”

He gets real about suegros and suegras.

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The Pope once cracked a joke saying: “What’s the difference between outlaws and inlaws? Outlaws are wanted.”

He loves showing up at places unannounced.

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You know Latinos love going around de visita without telling anyone. Last year, the pope made an unexpected visit to a children’s shelter in Manila. He left a lot of smiles that day.

He’s going to speak his mind, even if you don’t like what he says.

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During his visit to Congress, Pope Francis lowkey fired shots at anti-immigrant politicians when he said, “We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners.” Also, during a visit in Bolivia, Pope Francis straight up called money “the devil’s excrement.” No other Pope has gotten that bold before.

El señor ama la comida.

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Pope Francis told the press all he wanted was to one day be able to walk into a pizza parlor unnoticed so he could get a slice. While traveling through Italy, a local pizzeria made him a pie and handed it to him as he was carried off in the pope-mobile.

He’s always down for a hug.

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In both Brazil and Colombia, two little boys have dashed through crowds of thousands just get an ol’ abrazito from the Pope. And of course, Pope Francis obliged both of the kids with a holy hug.

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A Brazilian Tribe is on the Verge of Extinction and there Doesn't Seem to be a Lot of Hope

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A Brazilian Tribe is on the Verge of Extinction and there Doesn’t Seem to be a Lot of Hope

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People are vanishing. Even though governments are active in setting, maintaining, and protecting land reserves for indigenous people, they don’t always enforce regulations. So, what happens?

Last year, as reported by The Washington Post, the Brazilian government sent 200 troops into the Amazon forest to remove 427 families that had illegally moved onto land deemed protected for the Awá tribe in Brazil.

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The repercussion of foresters, loggers, and farmers invading was tribe members having trouble finding food. Tractors and chainsaws would scare away their prey and the Awá were going hungry. Now, illegal settlers are taking up land on the Awá territory and the tribe is fearful they won’t be helped this time because the size of people working for indigenous lands has significantly shrunk and protected land is massive. There just aren’t enough protectors.

“Not even the American army could defend all the indigenous areas in Brazil, because of the size of them,” Luciano Evaristo, head of environmental protection for the Brazilian environment agency in Brasilia told the Washington Post.

So, what can be done to help the Awá tribe?

Learn more about the Awá tribe and their land from The Washington Post here.

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