At 77, the Pope is in with the times and opened his own Twitter account to send messages of prayer to his 3.78million followers. The Church's 266th leader has also posed for selfies with the faithful.
He is not significantly younger than his predecessor and has lived with one lung since the other was removed because of an infection in his teenage years.
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But the Pope is in good shape and has youthful passions. He is a known supporter of Buenos Aires football team San Lorenzo de Almagro and is always overjoyed to be given football memorabilia.
He often drives around in his Popemobile with the bulletproof glass removed, so he can reach out to the crowds. On one occasion, the Pope even invited a young boy with Downs Syndrome up into the car to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime spin.