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    From Rock Album to Personalized Emojis: Top 7 Facts About Pope Francis

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    On December 17, 2017, Pope Francis turned 81. Sputnik gathered several interesting facts about the current head of the Catholic Church.

    1. The Pontiff speaks three languages: Spanish, Latin and Italian. He also understands some German, French, Portuguese, English and Ukrainian.
    2. Pope Francis has only one functioning lung. Due to infection one of his lungs was removed when he was a child.
    3. He released his own progressive rock album with his speeches and prayers called "Wake Up!"
    4. The Pontiff likes reading books and is a huge fan of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings."
    5. Pope Francis is a football fan. His favorite club is Argentine's San Lorenzo.
    6. The Pontiff has his own emojis. Swyft Media created a set of emojis in honor of his visit to the US. He is also an active Twitter user and has over 15 million followers.
    7. When he was a teenager, Pope Francis is said to have fallen in love with a girl living nearby. He reportedly told her, "If I don't marry you, I'm going to be a priest." Well, the priest has evidently kept his word.

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