The three-day pilgrimage of Pope Francis to Iraq, his first to the Middle Eastern country, has generated a buzz in the Twitterverse, as users discuss revelations about his background.
As Pope Francis embarked upon the first-ever papal visit to Iraq on Friday hoping to encourage preservation of Iraq’s ancient Christian communities and facilitate the return of Christians driven out by Daesh*, there was heightened interest in the Pontiff’s past life on social media.
A Twitter account titled “Fact” that posts “interesting facts about life” by its own admission revealed on Thursday that Pope Francis apparently “used to be a nightclub bouncer.”
The post gained over 4,000 likes and 500 retweets as users debated if the claim was true.
The story that Pope Francis, known as Jorge Mario Bergoglio before assuming the holy title as leader of the Roman Catholic in 2013, used to work as a nightclub bouncer in his native city of Buenos Aires, Argentina was first reported in March 2013 by Italian newspaper Gazzetta del Sud.
It wrote that as a student, the future Pontiff “worked as a bouncer at a nightclub to support himself.”
In December that year, major American media outlets looked into the story – they cited the Vatican’s official paper, L’Osservatore Romano, which revealed that Francis reportedly once told parishioners in Rome that he had indeed worked the door of a nightclub.
Details of the Pope’s past resurfacing on Twitter sparked a stream of amusing…