Details are only now emerging of Pope Francis’s career as a bouncer at a Buenos Aires nightclub. The downtown establishment, known as Le Cochon Aveugle, was run by a Frenchman known locally as Gaston, who was rumoured to have emigrated to Argentina to avoid the unwelcome attentions of the Surete.

It was here, negotiating with minor gangsters and ladies of the night, that the future Pope honed his diplomatic skills, and adopted some of his more fragrant vocabulary.

In the course of time the club became the nocturnal rendezvous of a group of off-duty Jesuits, who seduced Bergoglio into the order. The rest is history.

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