The Pope has revealed he once worked as a nightclub bouncer in his native Argentina.
The 77-year-old spoke about his life working the doors at a venue in Buenos Aires during a visit to a church in a working class suburb of Rome.
The pontiff also talked about his experiences sweeping floors and working in a laboratory as a teenager, according to Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.
Pope Francis spent four hours chatting to followers at the church of San Cirillo Alessandrino after celebrating Mass on Sunday.
He did not go into details about his career as a bouncer or what experiences it had brought to his current job as head of the Roman Catholic Church.
Instead, he talked about how his work later in life, teaching literature and psychology, “taught him how to get people back into the church”, the paper reported.
Francis said he discovered his vocation to the clergy after confession with a priest he had never met before.