11 things to know about Pope Francis

Published On: Mar 14 2013 10:40:01 AM PDT   Updated On: Dec 17 2015 08:41:06 AM PST

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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8. In the 2005 papal election, he was the runner-up, receiving 40 votes on the third ballot and losing to now-Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

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