Pope Tells Church He Worked As Bouncer At Buenos Aires Nightclub
The Huffington Post | By Ron Dicker
Posted: 12/03/2013 1:31 pm EST | Updated: 12/03/2013 2:33 pm EST
There was a time when Pope Francis couldn’t turn the other cheek: He once worked as a bouncer at a Buenos Aires nightclub, he told parishioners at a local church in Rome on Sunday.
It marked the first time the pontiff discussed his doorman gig since becoming pope, NBC’s “Today” reports.
The Catholic leader was listing some of his former jobs, which included teaching and chemistry lab work, during a visit to San Cirillo Alessandrino church, as reported by Catholic News Service. But it was his mention of being a bar enforcer that caught the attention of many.
New York Magazine humorously imagined a conversation between a bar owner angry at the future pontiff’s lax admission standards. “I’m seeing a lot of poorly dressed losers in here. Also a number of lepers,” complains the boss, who eventually fires him.
Jon Favreau, a former speechwriter for President Barack Obama, tweeted thusly:
The pope worked the velvet rope to make money when he was a student, the Telegraph reported several months ago, but his public recollection on Sunday still caught many by surprise.
We wish we could’ve heard it from the pontiff himself.
Pope Francis waves after his general audience in St Peter’s square at the Vatican on September 18, 2013 . | Getty
Pope Francis’ personality has been encapsulated in fragrance form with the release of a pope cologne by Excelsis Fine Fragrances. CEO Frederick Hass founded the company in 2005, after obtaining a recipe for Pope Pius IX’s cologne, and has gone on to create other papal scents like “Benedictus” in 2006, and now “Francis.”
But what does the pontifical scent smell like? Hass told the Christian Post that he tried to evoke Pope Francis’ “humble and down to earth” character with the cologne, which mainly consists of bergamot and sandalwood. “I didn’t want to get anything too flashy,” Hass explained. “So I wanted something subtle and dignified and relatively simple.”
A press release from Excelsis stated that the new cologne was created in response to popular demand. On the response, Hass commented, “We are hearing words like ‘gentle,’ ‘simple,’ ‘warm,’ ‘pleasing’ — and even ‘heavenly’ — used to describe the new fragrance. These are precisely the terms used by the media and the new Pope’s close associates to describe His Holiness’ own character traits and personal demeanor.”
Excelsis describes the “Francis” scent and provenance on its website, writing “Created by Excelsis to celebrate the Petrine succession of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis, Pontifex Maximus, 266th Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. Francis is an engaging, fresh fragrance with a citrusy top note of bergamot and a soft, woody drydown of sandalwood . Smooth and soothing, A grand aftershave.”