Is the pope Italian or Spanish?
His Holiness, who is Argentinian born, is a native Spanish speaker.
Why is the pope Italian?
Bergoglio’s father emigrated from Italy in the 1920s, one of millions of Italians who moved to Argentina in search of a better life. The new pope speaks fluent Italian, albeit with a slight Spanish intonation, and his links to Italy are thought to have smoothed his election in the secret conclave.
Which pope was Italian?
John Paul I remains the most recent Italian-born pope, the last in a succession of such popes that started with Clement VII in 1523.