Pope Francis Was Once A Nightclub Bouncer

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

When Pope Francis was a college student in Buenos Aires, he was employed as a bouncer at local nightclub.

The Pope talked about his former job with parishioners in a working class area of Rome during a recent visit.

Before he was known as Francis, Jorge Mario Bergoglio worked as a bouncer, swept floors and even ran tests in a chemical laboratory for extra cash.

He detailed how he found the path to priesthood, after a parishioner at the church of San Cirillo Alessandrino asked him to pray for a relative who wants to become a Franciscan friar.

The Pope said he would pray the relative would have “the perseverance to go forward, but also the courage to turn back if he understands that this is not the right path.”

He admitted that as a bishop he was anxious about being elected pope in March.

“Was I anxious? A little, yes, but everyone was nice,” he said. "But it’s true, having a lot of people in front of you is a bit scary. [But now,] thank God, I feel really good. The Lord helped me be a priest, to be a bishop and now to be the pope.”

The Pope has long said that the secret to bringing people to the Church is to "always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope."

Sources: New York Post, Los Angeles Times