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Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born on December 17, 1936 in Buenos Aires, Aregentina. His parents were Italian immigrants that moved to the country.
When he went to the University of Buenos Aires, he initially studied chemistry. This later changed, though, when he decided to switch to philosophy and theology.
He practiced his religion during his time with the church. Bergoglio was first ordained a priest in 1969. He was also the superior of the Jesuit province of Argentina from 1973 to 1979. He was appointed an auxiliary bishop of Buenos Aires in 1992 and became the archbishop in 1998.
Becoming Pope Francis
In 2013, Pope Benedict XVI stepped down, due to old age and health issues. A conclave was held, which is an assembly of cardinals electing a new pope.
On the fifth ballot, Bergoglio became the 266th pope, as well as the first from South America and the first from the Jesuit order. He chose the name Francis after St. Francis of Assisi and St. Francis Xavier.
Connection to the 8 Themes
Pope Francis is tied to two of the 8 Themes of World History. The first is Power and Authority. While not a ruler per se, Francis does currently rule the Roman Catholic Church. The second theme that he is connected to is Religion and Ethical Systems. This one should be obvious. From studying theology to serving in Buenos Aires to being elected the pope, Francis is very religious and has inspired people all over the world.
"Francis I." Britannica School, 2017. Encyclopaedia Britannica. Accessed 21 Mar. 2017.