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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6. The new pope broke historic ground by choosing the name Francis, as this is the first time the name is being used by a pope, said CNN Vatican expert John Allen. Pope Francis chose his name in honor of St. Francis of Assisi because he is a lover of the poor.

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