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.
December 19, 2014 – A 70-year-old white fir tree is decorating St. Peter’s Square this Christmas. The unique tree came from the Italian province of Fabrizia, Calabria and has “twin” trunks joined together as one. The ceremonial lighting of the tree took place this afternoon and coincided with the illumination and unveiling of a life-sized nativity scene. Entitled “The Nativity Scene in Opera,” it is a gift from the Verona for the Arena Foundation and is inspired by the operatic works for which the city is famous.
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