USA TODAY - Pope Francis revealed that he once worked as a bouncer at a nightclub in Buenos Aires — and it's starting a big conversation on social media, calling Francis the coolest pope ever.
Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) tweeted a suggestion for an off-beat dramedy about the pope as a bouncer: "Heaven can wait, and So Can You."
Charles Blow (@CharlesMBlow) tweeted "The Pope comes out with something cooler every week… If he releases a mix tape it will be all over."
So just how cool is Pope Francis? A quick scan of headlines shows a lot about how he relates to the faithful: He drives himself in a used car instead of riding with a chauffeur in the papal limousine. Rumors are swirling that he sneaks out of the Vatican at night dressed as a priest to give alms to the homeless.
In his effortlessly cool way, he recently chastised priests about giving more upbeat homilies to keep people from falling asleep in church. He added that "confession shouldn't be torture," and urged priests to get their shoes muddy, and get involved in the lives of their flock — and not to be, quote, "sourpusses."
Since succeeding Benedict XVI in March, he has really taken to Twitter. His nine @pontifex Twitter handles tripled the number of followers.
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