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Pope Francis Facts

266th and current pope of the Catholic Church

  • Pope Francis was born as Jorge Mario Bergoglio on 17 December 1936.
  • He was elected as the pope of the Catholic Church on 13 March 2013.
  • He is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • He entered the Society of Jesus on 11 March 1958 and studied to become a priest at the Jesuit seminary in Villa Devoto.
  • He was ordained as a priest in 1969.
  • He became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998.
  • He became a Cardinal in in 2001.
  • Pope Benedict XVI who resigned on 28 February 2013 is his predecessor.
  • He chose the papal name Franciscus in honour of Saint Francis of Assisi.
  • He is the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, and the first from the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Francis is the first pope born outside Europe in 1,282 years, since Syrian-born St. Gregory III.
  • He speaks Spanish, Latin, Italian, German, French, and English.

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