Pope Francis By: Jack Stover

Pope Francis was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1936. His full name is Jorge Mario Bergoglio. He studied chemistry then switched to philosophy and theology. He then became a priest. He became Pope in 2013 and he is the first Pope from South America. He is the leader of the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis is tied to the 8 Themes in World History in many ways. He was revolutionary because while he was the head Jesuit Priest in Argentina, there was a military coup there. He helped hide several people and also helped them escape the country. Obviously he is religious because he's the Pope and he is the head of the Catholic Empire. Being the Pope, he has the highest level of power and authority over the Catholic Church. He has been outspoken about his feelings on social issues which have been more liberal than past Popes. When he became Pope, he chose the name Francis, in honor of St. Francis of Assisi who lived a humble life and chose to serve the poor. Pope Francis also lives a simple life and is against economic inequality. He has called on the Catholic church to embrace non-Catholic Christians as well non-Christians. He also believes that the destruction of the environment is due to greed and people putting their own needs before others and planet Earth. One of the most shocking things he has suggested was that priests and bishops have a less judgmental attitude towards homosexuals, single parents and people who remarry after getting a divorce.

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