Pope Francis Remembers Last Day He Watched TV

It was July 15, 1990
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 26, 2015 1:21 PM CDT
Pope Francis Remembers Last Day He Watched TV
Pope Francis blesses the altar as he celebrates a mass of Pentecost in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Sunday, May 24, 2015.   (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

If the Vatican has a water cooler, Pope Francis is decidedly not the guy spouting off Monday morning about last night's Game of Thrones: As NBC News reports via an extensive interview with Argentina's La Voz del Pueblo, the pontiff says he hasn't watched the boob tube since the night of July 15, 1990, when he decided "it's not for me" and vowed to not watch anymore. That vow comes at the cost of not watching his beloved San Lorenzo soccer team; but Francis says one of his Swiss guards gives him the low-down on the latest scores and standings.

Two things he does miss since becoming pope: "The tranquility of walking the streets. Or going to a pizzeria to eat a good pizza." Surely, his interviewer asks, the Vatican could score delivery? "Yes," he says, "but it's not the same." (Read more Pope Francis stories.)

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