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.
September 16, 2014 – This morning Archbishops Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family and Charles Joseph Chaput, OFM Cap, of Philadelphia, announced the theme for the World Meeting of Families and presented an overview of its events and activities. There is a now a special website for the conference so you can follow unfolding developments.
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