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.
April 12, 2013 — Foundation members, known as Stewards of Saint Peter, met with the Holy Father in Rome this week. The Holy Father set aside his formal reading of remarks to greet each member of the audience individually. His gracious gift of time was "a great experience," in the words of William Canny, the Foundation's Chief Operating Officer. The Foundation presented Pope Francis with $8.6 million that will support projects particularly close to his heart.
"By sharing their gifts, the Stewards have a unique opportunity to demonstrate their fidelity to the Holy Father and to unite with him in serving a world in need."