Pope Francis a.k.a Jorge Mario was elected the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church in March 2013, becoming Pope Francis and the first pope from the Americas taking his papal title after St. Francis of Assisi of Italy.
Things You Didn’t Know About Pope Francis || Jorge Mario Bergoglio|| Biography
Pope Francis was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on December 17, 1936,to Italian immigrants
Pope Francis a.ka Latin: Franciscus; Italian: Francesco; Spanish: Francisco; real name is Jorge Mario Bergoglio.
Bergoglio is son to Mario José Bergoglio and Regina María Sívori and a brother to María Elena.
As a young man, Bergoglio underwent surgery to remove part of one of his lungs due to serious infection.
Mario Bergoglio graduated from a technical school as a chemical technician before beginning training at the Diocesan Seminary of Villa Devoto. In March 1958, he entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus. Bergoglio taught literature and psychology at Immaculate Conception College in Santa Fé in 1964 and 1965, and also taught the same subjects at the Colegio del Salvatore in Buenos Aires in 1966. He studied theology and received a degree from the Colegio of San José from 1967 to 1970, and finished his doctoral thesis in theology in Freiburg, Germany in 1986.
In December 2013, Pope Francis was named Person of the Year by Time magazine.
Ordained as a priest in December 1969, Bergoglio began serving as Jesuit provincial of Argentina in 1973. He has said that initially, his mother did not support his decision to enter the priesthood, despite the fact that she was a devout Catholic. By the time he was ordained, however, she accepted his calling and asked for his blessing at the end of his ordination ceremony. He later returned to his alma mater, the Colegio of San José, where he served as rector (1980-86) as well as a professor of theology.On May 20, 1992, Bergoglio was named titular bishop of Auca and auxiliary of Buenos Aires; he was ordained into that post a week later. In February 1998, he became archbishop of Buenos Aires, succeeding Antonio Quarracino. Three years later, in February 2001, he was elevated to cardinal by Pope John Paul II, named the cardinal-priest of Saint Robert Bellarmino.
After Pope John Paul II’s death in April 2005, Bergoglio reportedly received the second-most votes in the 2005 papal conclave; Pope Benedict XVI(Joseph Ratzinger) was chosen as Pope John Paul’s successor. In 2005, he was named president of the Bishops’ Conference of Argentina, serving in that position until 2011.
On March 13, 2013, at the age of 76, Jorge Bergoglio was named the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church—becoming the first citizen from the Americas, the first non-European and first Jesuit priest to be named pope, and adopting the name Pope Francis (he took the title after St. Francis of Assisi of Italy). Prior to the 2013 papal conclave, Pope Francis had served as both archbishop and cardinal for more than 12 years.The tone of his papacy, which has become admired globally, was established long before his elevation to the church’s highest position; however, when he was named to that post, the media quickly picked up on stories of his humility. News circulated about the fact that he returned to the boarding house where he had been staying to pay his bill personally, rather than send an assistant, and that he would choose to live in a simple two-room apartment rather than the luxurious papal accommodations in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace. In choosing to live more simply, Pope Francis broke a tradition that had been upheld by popes for more than a century.
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