11 things to know about Pope Francis

POSTED: 10:40 AM PDT Mar 14, 2013    UPDATED: 08:41 AM PST Dec 17, 2015 

With Pope Francis celebrating his 79th birthday on Thursday, learn more about the leader of the Catholic Church with 11 interesting facts.

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4. The new pontiff was born in Buenos Aires in 1936. The son of immigrants, he is of Italian descent. He's seen here as a student (fourth from left, middle row).

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