Francis is not only the first non-European pope in 1,282 years but also the first Jesuit to lead the Catholic Church. Of the 266 popes, only 34 belonged to one of the numerous Catholic religious orders. Read related article.


Sources: The Catholic Encyclopedia, Clerocompostela.blogspot.com, Op.org, Franciscans.org | Alberto Cuadra / The Washington Post March 16, 2013
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