By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service
This Harley Davidson Dyna Super Glide motorcycle, donated to Pope Francis last year, is displayed as part of Bonham’s Les Grandes Marques du Monde vintage and classic cars sale in Paris Feb. 5. Signed “Francesco” on its tank, the motorcycle was auctioned for charity in Paris Feb. 6. The pope sold his Harley Davidson to raise funds for Caritas, the Rome diocesan charity.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran walked onto the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, telling the crowds in Latin: “I announce to you a great joy. We have a pope!” not many people recognized the name of then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Now, just one year since his March 13, 2013, election, there are still many things most people do not know about the 265th successor of Peter.
Here is a list of 10 things people should know about Pope Francis. He:
1. Has a way with birds: Pope Francis expertly handled a white dove and a green parrot during different general audiences in St. Peter’s Square. According to the pope’s sister, Maria Elena Bergoglio, the future pope had a parrot when he was in the seminary. And because he loved to play jokes, she said, “I wouldn’t put it past him that he taught the little beast a swear word or two instead of how to pray.”
2. Has colorful work experience on his resume: In addition to having worked sweeping floors in a factory and running tests in a chemical laboratory as a teenager, the pope also used to work as a bouncer. Later, when he was no longer kicking troublemakers out of clubs, he taught high school literature and psychology, which, he said, helped him discover the secret to bringing people back … to church. Continue Reading »