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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 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 Palace.
His main writings as
- Lumen Fidei (2013), the Light of Faith,
written with Pope Benedict XVI on faith.
- Evangelii Gaudium (2013), the Joy of the
Gospel on faith and evangelisation.
- Laudato Si' (2015), Praise Be To You, on care
for the planet.
- Amoris Laetitia (2016), the Joy of Love, on
love within the family.
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