4. He was a frontrunner in the 2005 conclave that made Pope Benedict XVI
In the 2005 conclave, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio emerged a runner’s up to the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger who went on to become Pope Benedict XVI. According to reports in Italian media, he impressed cardinals in the pre-conclave “general congregation” meetings where they discussed problems facing the Church. Although he lost votes during last round of the election, it was reported that he begged the cardinals not to elect him opting to continue with his cardinal work.
5. He worked as a laboratory technician
Jorge Bergogolio has a título in Chemistry. In the Argentine education system, a título is earned after an extended secondary program and is equivalent to a diploma in our local education system. Jorge Bergoglio graduated in chemistry from the Escuela Técnica Industrial No. 12, which is a state-run technical secondary school. He worked as a technician in the food section of an Argentinian laboratory before joining the Jesuits.