It has been revealed that Pope Francis -- who is justly earning his nickname as "Pope of the Poor" -- has been sneaking out of the Vatican at night in disguise to help those in need, the Yahoo News website reports today (December 5, 2013).
Swiss Guards at the Vatican confirmed that the pope has been venturing out at night -- dressed as a regular priest -- to meet with homeless men and women.
These nightly expeditions are nothing new for the pope, 76, who was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Argentina. When he was a cardinal in Argentina, he would regularly sneak out to buy food for the homeless, and even eat and speak with them on the street. The current leader of 1.3 billion Catholics -- and the first Jesuit pope -- also was a fan of the art of tango, and had a girlfriend he danced with before he became a priest.
In another eyebrow-raising revelation, after celebrating Mass last Sunday (December 1), Pope Francis chatted informally with several followers and indicated some of his former jobs -- including working as a bouncer at a Buenos Aires nightclub when he was a college student.