Pope Francis By: Josie Hahn

Early Life and Family

  • He was born on December 17, 1936 in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • His real name is Jorge Mario Bergoglio
  • His parents are Mario Jose Bergoglio and Regina Maria Sivori
  • He has four siblings: Maria Elena Bergoglio, Alberto Horacio, Oscar Adrian, and Marta Regina

Becoming a Jesuit (1960-1992)

  • He decided to become a priest when he was at confession and the priest inspired him
  • He went to Inmaculada Concepcion Seminary, an archdiocesan seminary
  • After three years at the seminary, he entered the Society of Jesus on March 11, 1958
  • He studied humanities in Santiago, Chile
  • He officially became a Jesuit on March 12, 1960 when he took the perpetual vows of poverty, chastity, and obediance.
  • He taught in many schools about psychology and literature.
  • He took his final vow, obedience to the Pope, on April 22, 1973
  • He was named rector of the Society of Jesus, but later that was taken aways because of the way he taught

Bishop (1992-2001)

  • He was named Auxilary Bishop of Buenos Aires in 1992
  • On June 27, 1992 he was ordained Titular Bishop of Auca
  • His episcopal motto is "Miserando atque eligendo" meaning lowly but chosen
  • On February 28, 1998, he was made Metropilitan Archbishop of Buenos Aires
  • With this title, he rebuilt parishes, administrative offices, led prolife initiatives, and created a divorce commision
  • He also doubled the work of priests in the slums of Buenos Aires, which gave him the nickname "Slum Bishop"

Cardinal (2001-2013)

  • On February 21, 2001, he was named cardinal of San Roberto Bellarmino by Pope John Paul II
  • He became known for his personal humility, doctrinal conservatism, and a commitment to social justice.
  • He lives a very simple lifestyle.
  • He is devoted to St. Therese of Lisieux and he calls her "a great missionary saint"
  • He was associated with Communion and Liberation, a Catholic movement known as association of the faithful
  • He was blamed for the kidnapping of two priests, which got him in a serious problem with the law.

Elected Pope (2013-Present)

  • He was elected March 13, 2013 at age 76.
  • He was the first Pope to be Jesuit, from the Americas, and from the Southern Hemisphere.
  • He has a relaxed way of doing things that is popular among many people.
  • He chose Francis to be his name after St. Francis of Assisi because "He is the man who gives us spirit, the poor man."
  • He wants to have a poor church.


  • He started the Year of Mercy from December 8, 2015 to November 20,2016
  • He was named Person of the Year by Times Magazine in 2013
  • He gave an "apostolic exhortation", or he changed the church
  • He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014
  • He wrote a 184 page encyclical

Works Cited

  • http://www.biography.com/people/pope-francis-21152349#pope-as-spiritual-and-world-leader
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Francis


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