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A Pope From Argentina? Practically Italian.

March 14, 2013

Argentina? Practically Italian.

The Papal conclave has elected Pope Francis. He’s from Argentina, and since 217 of the previous 265 pontiffs have been Italian, this is a big deal, right?

Not as much as you might think. The new Holy Father, born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, is the son of Italian immigrants. He is italo-argentino, like 60 percent of Argentina’s population.


“Pope Francis feted in Italian ancestral village,” Antonella Ciancio, Reuters


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