Pope Francis Bio
Pope Francis is well known for being the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church since March 2013 from the Americas.
Pope Francis was born on 17th December 1936 in Flores, Buenos Aries, Argentina as Jorge Mario Bergoglio to Mario Jose Bergoglio and Regina Maria Sivori.
He was raised in the family as the eldest of five children. His father was an Italian immigrant accountant whereas the mother was a homemaker.
For education, he attended Wilfrid Baron de Los Santos Angeles and the technical secondary school where he got graduated with a chemical technician’s diploma. He then joined work in various professions before finally planning to join Jesuits in 1958.
Pope entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus in 1958 and then started teaching literature and psychology at Immaculate Conception College in Santa Fe and at the Colegio del Salvatore in Buenos Aires from 1964 to 1966.
He was ordained as a priest in December 1969 serving as Jesuit provincial of Argentina in 1973. From 1980 to 1986, he served as a rector and also as professor of theology finishing his doctoral thesis in theology in Freiburg, Germany in 1986.
In 1992, he was named as titular bishop of Auca and auxiliary of Buenos Aires. Then he became the archbishop of Buenos Aries in February 1998 and was further elevated to cardinal by Pope John Paul II in 2001.
From 2005 to 2011, he became president of the bishops’ conference of Argentina and in 2013 at the age of 76, he became the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church.
He was also known for being the first citizen from the Americas, the first Jesuit priest and the first non-European to become a pope. He has spoken on various issues which include matters like same-sex marriage and contraception.
In 2015, he issued Laudato si, the first encyclical of his papacy and the following year he with Kirill I, patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, held the first-ever meeting between the leaders of the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches.
Recently in August 2018, he revised the catechism of the Catholic Church to fully reject the death penalty. He has also written many books as well as other documentary files.
He received the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen in Germany in 2016.
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