As Pope Francis settles into his role as the supreme pontiff, the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics continue to find out new things about the Holy Father — for example, that he apparently joined the priesthood after having his affections spurned by a girl who lived in the neighborhood where he grew up in Argentina.

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Jorge Mario Bergoglio was 12 years old and living in Buenos Aires when a budding courtship was snubbed out by the girl’s father. “If I can’t marry you, I’ll become a priest,” the future Pontiff reportedly told Amalia Damonte, now 76. “Luckily for him, I said no,” she told the Daily Telegraph, explaining that her father had already disciplined her for writing a note to a boy.

The first Vicar of Christ from outside Europe has also confessed a love for dancing the tango and…

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