Today, while the rest of the media spun around in circles trying to answer things like “How will Pope Francis I interact with the bureaucratic Curia?” and “What will his position be on the endemic sex scandals in the Vatican?”, we discovered a really mind-blowing fact about the new Vicar of Christ: he can actually cook.
Back when he was known as Jorge Bergoglio, oh, three hours ago, the Jesuit cardinal was renowned throughout Argentina as, among other things, an exceedingly humble man. For instance, cardinals traditionally have their own housekeeping staff (as well as their own mansion, limousine, entourage, etc.) whose job it is to cook the cardinal’s meals. But as the National Catholic Reporter observed in a profile of the then-papabile:
Bergoglio’s reputation for personal simplicity also exercised an undeniable appeal – a Prince of the Church who chose to live in a simple apartment rather than the archbishop’s palace, who gave up his chauffeured limousine in favor of taking the bus to work, and who cooked his own meals.
Seeing as Bergoglio is a Jesuit (and thus took a vow of extreme poverty), it’s safe to say that he wasn’t making torchons of foie gras slathered in caviar, then downing it with a fine Communion wine (a 1986 Bordeaux vintage). But we’re pretty sure he’s the first Pope to enjoy home-cooking and, who knows, maybe he makes a heavenly chimmichurri sauce. (We went there. Excommunicate us from writing. We dare you.)
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