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.
July 15, 2014 – Pope Francis urged the international community to care for and protect the flood of children now migrating across the U.S./Mexico border and move away from “attitudes of defensiveness and fear, indifference and marginalization.” The Holy Father also highlighted a need to inform potential migrants of the dangers of such a journey. Above all, he called for initiatives to promote development in the children’s home countries.
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