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 2, 2013 — The sweeping statement issued by Pope Francis last week is an invitation “to deeper faith,” reflected Bishop David L. Ricken, chair of the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Holy Father has called for an open dialogue on economics, ethics and faith at every level of society.
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