Pope Francis, formerly known as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, SJ, became the 266th Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church on March 13, 2013.
Prior to his election by the conclave, the Holy Father served as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Blessed John Paul II proclaimed him a Cardinal in 2001.
Pope Francis was born in Buenos Aires on December 17, 1936, and ordained for the Jesuits in 1969. He has been a rector, confessor, spiritual director and skilled leader serving the Church in many roles.
The Papal Foundation welcomes Pope Francis and will work closely with him to address the spiritual and human needs of people around the world.
August 11, 2014 – Pope Francis challenges us to provide the material and spiritual conditions that allow young people to thrive. The St. Theresa Girls’ Secondary School-Bwanda in Uganda has taken the Holy Father’s call to heart. A grant from The Papal Foundation is enabling the school to construct a library and Internet café and fill it with textbooks, computers and furniture. Over 900 students and people from the surrounding community can come here to learn valuable skills in a safe and faith-filled environment. The computer lab will allow people to take online classes. The school will also use the meeting space to provide workshops about HIV/AIDS prevention. Students participated in a blessing of the grounds at the beginning of construction. Learn More >