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Pope Francis, Jesuit
priest, first Supreme Pontiff from the Americas.
Pope Francis was born
Jorge Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 17th December 1936. He is the son
of Italian immigrants, one of five children.
He graduated as a chemical technician before
joining the seminary, he was ordained a priest in 1969 and made his final
profession with the Jesuits in 1973. Among other things, he has taught
literature, theology and philosophy; he has served as Provincial of the Jesuits
and as parish priest of San Miguel.
He was appointed auxillary Bishop of Buenos
Aires by Pope John Paul II in 1992, Coadjutor Archbishop of Buenos Aires in
1997 and Archbishop, Primate of Argentina in 1998.
In 2001 John Paul II created him Cardinal.
Typically he asked the faithful not to come to Rome to see him made Cardinal
but to donate the money for the journey to the poor.
He was elected Supreme Pontiff on 13 March
2013, the first Pope of the Americas and the first to be called Francis.
He is known for his humility and simplicity of
life as a priest, his emphasis on the love and mercy of God, the social
teaching of the Church to care for the poor, care for the planet and its
peoples, and commitment to interfaith dialogue.
As Pope he has chosen to live in the Domus
Sanctae Marthae guesthouse rather than in the papal apartments in the Apostolic
His main writings as Pope are:
Fidei (2013), the Light of Faith, written with Pope Benedict XVI on faith.
Gaudium (2013), the Joy of the Gospel on faith and evangelisation.
Si' (2015), Praise Be To You, on care for the planet.
Laetitia (2016), the Joy of Love, on love within the family.
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