My Face Analysis of Pope Francis
When you know how to read faces sometimes you can just look at someone and sense they’re different from most people, or they have the potential to be “bigger than life.”
That’s because face reading enables us to see far more than just skin-and-bone facial features.
I believe one of the most interesting and influential people of our lifetimes is Pope Francis. Even though I am not Catholic I still find him a fascinating person.
For that reason I have studied his face and uncovered a number of personality traits that clearly contribute to who he is and what he’s capable of doing.
He’s also a good demonstration of face reading in action. Since this is a blog post I’m going to limit my discoveries to a relative handful of personality traits.
Be aware these are only a small sampling of all we can see in a face, in just about any face.
In March of 2013, at age 76, Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Bishop of Rome and Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Taking on the name Pope Francis he is the 266th person to become the spiritual leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. He is also the first Jesuit ever to ascend to that position.
Born in December, 1936 in Argentina Jorge Bergoglio was the oldest of five children. We don’t really know much about his upbringing except that he received a good education then entered the seminary in 1955 at age of 19.
Face reading and Pope Francis
With its many obvious features Pope Francis’ face tells us much about his strongest drives and abilities—the same attributes that have pushed and supported him in his religious work over many years.
Those drives have only grown stronger as he has gotten older.
So, what do you say? Are you ready to take a journey with me, seeing past the skin-and-bones features connecting with Pope Francis’ personality?
Normally it’s best to do that with a live person standing in front of us. But that’s not possible, so we’re going to do the next best thing… “read” him from photographs.
And we’re not going to confine ourselves to one photo! We’re going to begin by studying his young face.
We don’t always get the opportunity to study the pictures of our face reading subjects when they were young, but when we do it’s an tremendous opportunity. First, we can often confirm what we’re seeing in their present-time face. And we can observe how their faces have changed with age, asking ourselves questions like: Do they have the same needs and drives now as they did when they were young…or are they very much the same?
Click on this link and look closely. You can see the origins of a number of traits that continued to develop and still appear in the pope…
Take a deep breath, look carefully at the photos above and notice what jumps out at you.
Taking only seconds to study the photos, here’s just some of what we can see…
- Notice his ears are protruding already, a sign he’s a bit of a showman and enjoys being in front of others.
- Look at his chin. It’s a healthy size, suggesting a need to reach out and touch his world in order to interact with it.
- The downward-pointing nose tells us he is persistent, someone who finishes what he sets out to do
- His eyebrows running close to his eyes suggest he is very committed to what’s important to him.
- Pay special attention to his neck. When he was young, it was long (he listened) and thin (he was flexible). Notice how these traits actually changed as he grew older.
- The shape of his eyes show significant compassion, even at a young age.
- Finally, the shape and size of his forehead indicates both a natural ability to analyze…and his very practical side plus the potential to be an excellent leader.
So take another breath right now. Notice two things:
- Notice all that I’m seeing all this just from his face, from the size and shape of his facial features. (And, please trust me, this is only a small portion of what can be seen.)
- Notice how what we’re seeing just by looking at him seems to be exactly who he is. We’re looking at a very old photo of Pope Francis and we’re able to accurately see—in seconds—the origins of who he is and even what he has come to be known for (his compassion, involvement, intelligence, as well as having and living his own values, to name a few.)
As a Jesuit
Bergoglio entered the Jesuit order and was ordained in 1969. He rose to bishop 23 years later, then to archbishop and to cardinal nine years after that in 2001. (Here we can use our face reading skills again…see the next link below.)
During his tenure in each of his roles he gained a reputation for his concern for the poor and work with the disadvantaged as well as his ability to connect with people and resolve differences using dialogue.
If you follow this link you can see an older, more mature Jorge Bergoglio, probably as a young priest.
We still see most of the same features as before, and most are even more obvious than before…
- Note his need to be involved, his compassionate nature and his chin, now even deeper than before.
- We also see his forehead has grown even wider, indicating an increasingly stronger, more take-charge personality.
- His somewhat wider cheeks show an increasing need to move and be busy.
- His neck is changing, too—it’s now wider and slightly shorter
- Plus, we’re starting to see his abilities as a superior communicator developing in his upper forehead.
“Reading” today’s Pope Francis
Recent photographs of Pope Francis as head of the Catholic Church show a face that’s even more developed. (The older we get, the more developed and illuminating our faces become.)
What do you see that looks different?
For me, I see the continuing development of some of his strongest earlier personality traits. In fact, his entire head looks larger, just as so many features on his face appear more prominent…
His ears still stick out and signify his ability to present himself. His forehead is even wider (demonstrating his managerial drives and talents) and higher.
His chin is even deeper. His nose is even more down-turned. His eyes are just as (or even more) rounded. And his neck continues to evolve from his youthful pliable nature to someone who is used to having a well-developed point of view and expressing it with great determination.
What we see in the evolution of Pope Francis’s face is that in many ways he has been able to live in a way that is aligned with his personality and this has allowed him to develop it more fully. He is a man who not only knows who he is but lives who he is as well.
Strictly from a face reading point of view, there is little doubt from his face that, given his strong personality, need to persevere, ability to manage well and communicate effectively, Francis has the potential to be a powerful figure in the Church for years to come.
Rich Rewards in Faces
The most important thing about this analysis for you is probably NOT knowing who Pope Francis is. What is super-important is your realizing you went from knowing little or nothing about him to knowing many facets of his personality very quickly. And that information can be extremely useful.
Why I Love Face Reading
It is always a real treat for me when my face reading allows me to uncover the forces and personality traits that have clearly shaped the lives of interesting and influential people, both in modern day and throughout history.
I’ve always found reading faces gives me a richer experience and a more intimate understanding of why important people are who they are and why they speak, act, and think the way they do.
In Pope Francis’ case, The Face Frontiers Method of Face Reading really brings him to life and sheds light on why he is making so many historic changes as the head of the Catholic Church. The ability to really know someone you’ve never met…from thousands of miles away…now that’s powerful and fun.