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Pope Francis hasn’t watched TV in 25 years and “I sleep very deeply”

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 05/25/15

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He made these revelations in an interview with an Argentinian newspaper published Monday.

Some highlights, via The Telegraph:

Pope Francis has revealed that he has not watched television for 25 years – not even the matches played by his beloved Buenos Aires football team. The South American pontiff said he last switched on a TV in 1990 in an interview on Monday with an Argentinian newspaper. After that he simply decided that “it was not for me”, he told La Voz del Pueblo. To find out whether his team, San Lorenzo, win or lose, he has to ask the Swiss Guards, his personal protection force and the Vatican’s tiny army, who draw up a table of results for him each week. The Pope also revealed that he reads only one newspaper – the Italian left-of-centre daily La Repubblica. The revelation is unlikely to go down well with the editors of L’Osservatore Romano, the stodgy Vatican newspaper, or Avvenire, an equally sober tome owned by the Italian Bishops Conference. Asked what he most missed about his old life, he cited the freedom to walk out into the streets and go to a pizzeria. The Argentinian newspaper suggested that he simply order in a pizza to eat in the Vatican. “Yes, but it’s not the same. The nice thing is to go to there, to the pizzeria,” he said.”I’ve always been a keen walker. When I was a cardinal [in Buenos Aires] I used to love walking the streets”. He made the same complaint in March, when he was interviewed by a Mexican television channel on the second anniversary of his election as Pope. Asked if he was able to sleep soundly, despite the burden of being the spiritual leader of the Roman Catholic Church, he said: “I sleep very deeply”. He goes to bed at around 9pm, reads for about an hour, and then sleeps from 10pm until 4am, when he gets up.

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