The pope pines for pizza, peace of mind and the soccer pitch

Though the pontiff has made waves for his progressive attitudes, he remains a creature of simple pleasures at heart.

May 26, 2015 12:31
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Pope Francis

Pope Francis gives the thumb up as he arrives to lead the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican.. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Pope Francis pines for pizza, but not the delivery kind, according to a recent interview with Argentina's La Voz Del Pueblo.

Asked about the activities he misses most  from his previous life before donning the white robes of the papacy, the leader of the Catholic Church reminisced about tranquilly walking down the street and into a pizzeria, something that position of prominence prohibits him from doing.

But the pope does not share the same affection for other aspects of what most would consider the banalities of life.

Despite calling the internet a "gift from god" in January of last year, the pope told his interviewer that he does not surf the web. 

Nor is the pontiff a fan of television, having made a religious oath to avert his gaze fifteen years ago.

"It's a promise I made to the Virgen del Carmen on the night of July 15, 1990," he said, adding simply, "It's not for me."

Similarly, print media is granted only fleeting moments of the pope's attention.

"I do it in the morning and it doesn't take me more than 10 minutes," Pope Francis remarked, referring to his morning ritual of leafing through La Repubblica, a left-leaning Italian daily.

Asked how he gets his fix of news regarding his favorite soccer team, San Lorenzo, he admitted that he gets it third hand.

"There is a Swiss guard who lets me know the results every week," he said.
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