7 Fun Facts for Kids about Pope Francis

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Pope Francis’s visit to the US is all over the news! He made his way through Washington D.C and is in NYC today. His next stop? Philadelphia.Here are some of his more notable quotes from his visit:

Here are some of his more notable quotes from his visit:

“[Man] possesses a body shaped by physical, chemical and biological elements, and can only survive and develop if the ecological environment is favorable. Any harm done to the environment, therefore, is harm done to humanity.”

“We must resolve now to live as nobly and as justly as possible, as we educated new generations not to turn their back on our ‘neighbors’ and everything around us.”

“In a word, if we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life; if we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities.”

“The right use of natural resources, the proper application of technology and the harnessing of the spirit of enterprise are essential elements of an economy which seeks to be modern, inclusive and sustainable.”

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Photo by Dave Yoder/National Geographic – Pope Francis talks with the prefect of the papal household, Archbishop Georg Gänswein. The pontiff’s blue Ford Focus is visible behind him.

Here are 5 Fun Facts about Pope Francis from our friends at National Geographic KIDS!

1) He is the oldest of 5 siblings.
2) He loved to play soccer when he was a kid.
3) He learned to pray from his grandmother.
4) He was on the cover of Rolling Stone.
5) He was the first pope to take a selfie.
6) He is an excellent cook.
7) He collected stamps as a kid and is now on several stamps.

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The photos in this post are from the National Geographic Book, “Pope Francis and the New Vatican” and used with permission from National Geographic.
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Check out this great reader for kids about Pope Francis from National Geographic Kids: