As of October 2014, Pope Francis speaks three languages: Spanish, Italian and German. Pope Francis was born to Italian immigrants in Argentina in 1936. His educational achievements include a doctorate in theology, which ... More »

The official language of the Vatican City state is Italian, with Latin and French as secondary languages. Vatican City is a walled enclave within the city of Rome. Its area of 110 acres makes it the smallest independent ... More »

The major accomplishments of Charlemagne include developing the rules of the feudal system, encouraging reading and writing throughout his empire, developing commerce with a unified monetary system, and the unification o... More »

While the traditional color for Papal shoes is a red or crimson color, Pope Francis, whose papacy began in 2013, broke this tradition and wore simple black shoes instead. This is in keeping with Francis' general preferen... More »

As of 2014, the reigning Pope Francis wears black leather shoes. Traditionally, popes have worn red leather shoes. Throughout Catholic history, the color red symbolized the blood of Christian martyrs and the tongues of f... More »

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Pope Francis announced in March 2015 the commencement of the first Jubilee year since the Great Jubilee in 2000. The new jubilee, known as the Holy Year of Mercy, begins on Dec. 8, 2015, and closes on the feast of Christ... More »

In a 2013 interview for "How the Church Will Change," Pope Francis said of Saint Francis of Assisi "He is great because he is everything ... But above all he loved people..." Pope Francis chose his papal name to honor th... More »

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