Some Facts About Pope Francis
Pope Francis was born on December 17th, 1936, in Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina. His parents are Mario Jose Bergoglio and Regina Maria Sivori. Throughout his public life, he was noted for his humility.
Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis was the eldest of five children. He enjoyed dancing and traditional music from Argentina. He attended primary school from Wilfrid Baron de los Santos Angeles, and graduated from Escuela Nacional de Educacion Tecnica as a chemical tecnician. (National Technical Education School.)
This is a young Pope Francis!
The Call to Priesthood
Pope Francis was ordained a priest in December of 1969. He served as a Jesuit provincial (an inhabitant of a province or country, in this case Argentina.) despite his mother's disapproval. His mother did not support his choice to enter priesthood, even though she was a devoted Catholic. By the end of his ordination ceremony, she had accepted the call and asked for his blessing. He became a titular bishop (having an important title but not much authority.) in May of 1992. He became the auxiliary bishop of Buenos Aires also in 1992. Later in 1998, he was ordained archbishop of Buenos Aires. Three years later he was ordained a cardinal by Pope John Paul II. In 2005, he was named president of the Bishops' Conference in Argentina and continued to fill that office until 2011. After Pope John Paul II's death in 2005, he received the second most votes to become Pope, after Benedict XVI.
This is Pope Francis as a cardinal in 2005.
Becoming a Pope
Pope Francis became a pope on March 13, 2013. He was 76 years old at the time. Prior to becoming Pope, he served as a bishop and cardinal for more than 12 years! He was the first non-European and first Jesuit to become pope. Pope Francis chose to live more simply, therefore breaking a tradition upheld by the 265 popes before him. He has not shied away from expressing his views and opinions to the world.
Pope Francis received the Bambi-Millennium Award to honor his devotion and charity to the world's poorest people. People everywhere admire his social commitment, authenticity, and devotion to making the world a better place.