Pope Francisco

Pope Francisco

Pope Francisco: Pope of the catholic church
– My people are poor and I am one of them –

  • Secular name : Jorge Mario Bergoglio
  • Religious name : Francis
  • Parents : Mario Bergoglio and Regina Maria Sivori
  • Ordination : December 13, 1969
  • Motto : Miserando atque electing


Current Pope of the Catholic Church, the first from South America, as well as the first of the Jesuit order. He was ordained a priest in 1969 and became head of the Argentine Jesuit order in 1973. Bishop in 1992, Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998, and Cardinal in 2001. He was elected Pope in 2013.

Questions and answers

  • When was Pope Jorge Mario Bergoglio elected?
    -He was elected on March 13, 2013 in the fifth vote held during the second day of the conclave, becoming the 266th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • What did Pope Francis study?
    He studied Chemistry, Humanities, Philosophy and Theology.
  • What is Pope Francis’ profession?
    Chemist, professor of Literature and Psychology and theologian.

“Before giving the blessing, I ask you a favor, that you ask the Lord for a blessing for your bishop. Let us silently make this prayer of yours for me”

Jorge Mario Bergoglio

Francisco was born December 17, 1936 in the neighborhood of Flores, Buenos Aires , Argentina, into a modest family.


Son of a railway employee of Piedmontese origin, Mario Bergoglio, and Regina María Sívori, a housewife. He had four brothers. His father emigrated to Argentina from the Italian region of Piedmont.

He was baptized on Christmas Day 1936 in the Basilica María Auxiliadora y San Carlos in the Almagro neighborhood of Buenos Aires. Rosa Vasallo has said of his grandmother that she was “the woman who has had the greatest influence” on his life.

He inherited his father’s passion for Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro, of which he has jerseys and membership card number 88,235.

At twenty, he had part of a lung removed when he underwent surgery. However, except for limiting his breathing capacity a little, it does not affect his quality of life.


During his childhood he attended the Wilfrid Barón de los Santos Ángeles Salesian school in the town of Ramos Mejía.

He studied at the ENET Nº 27 Hipólito Yrigoyen industrial high school , receiving the title of chemical technician . He liked to dance tango and used to go out to practice it with his friends.

Jesuit priest

He worked cleaning the floor of a flower shop and as a nightclub bouncer. At twenty-one he decided to become a priest. On March 11, 1958, he joined the novitiate of the Society of Jesus, entering the seminary of the Villa Devoto neighborhood.


He obtained a degree in Philosophy and studied Humanities in Chile. Between 1964 and 1965 he was a professor of Literature and Psychology at the Colegio de la Inmaculada Concepción de Santa Fe, later opting for Theology at the Colegio ‘San José’, in San Miguel.


He was ordained a priest on December 13, 1969 . Since then he had a long career within the order of which he became “provincial” from 1973 to 1979, during the Argentine military dictatorship.

He tried to maintain at all costs the unity of the Jesuit movement, influenced by Liberation Theology, under the slogan of “maintaining the non-politicization of the Society of Jesus.”

He is fluent in Spanish, Italian, Latin and German, in addition to having an average knowledge of English, French, Portuguese, Ukrainian and Piedmontese (Italian dialect). He moved to Germany to obtain his doctorate and upon his return he resumed pastoral activity as a priest in the province of Mendoza.

Bishop and Cardinal

He was consecrated titular bishop of Auca on May 20, 1992, to serve as one of the four auxiliary bishops of Buenos Aires. Later he was coadjutor bishop of the same on June 3, 1997. He received the position of archbishop of Buenos Aires on February 28, 1998. At that time he did not live in the cardinal’s palace, but in an ordinary apartment. He went to work every day by bus and made his own food. During the consistory of February 21, 2001, Pope John Paul II appointed him Cardinal of the title of Saint Robert Bellarmine. In addition, he is the primate of Argentina.

Member of CAL (Commission for Latin America), the Congregation for the Clergy, the Pontifical Council for the Family, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, the Ordinary Council of the General Secretariat for the Synod of Bishops, the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

A fan of the literature of Jorge Luis Borges , Leopoldo Marechal and Fyodor Dostoevsky and a lover of opera. With prestige for his intellectual gifts and within the Argentine Episcopate he is considered a moderate among the most conservative prelates and the “progressive” minority.

He washed the feet of AIDS patients, ate with the poor. He harshly criticized capitalism, consumerism and the perverse logic of the market economy. As a cardinal he opposed the Same-Sex Marriage Bill. He orthodox Jesuit in dogmatic questions. On July 9, 2010, days before its approval, a note from him was made public describing the project as a “war of God”, which contemplated that homosexual people could marry and adopt children. He also collided on other occasions with the governments of Néstor and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner , with their criticism of corruption and poverty.

He is a member of the Argentine Episcopal Conference , of which he was president twice, andCELAM (Latin American Episcopal Council). In the Holy See he was a member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the discipline of the Sacraments; of the Congregation for the Clergy; of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life; of the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.

He was mentioned as one of the best positioned prelates to succeed John Paul II, being Ratzinger’s main rival in the 2005 Conclave. In March 2013, Jorge Bergoglio was one of the two Argentine cardinals participating in the conclave to elect his successor. of Pope Benedict XVI .


After at least four votes in a conclave that lasted 25 and a half hours, and two black smokes , the 115 cardinal electors, tilted the vote in their favor and on March 13, 2013 , Pope 266 was elected , being 76 years old; two years younger than Pope Benedict XVI after his election. Francis was named in memory of Saint Francis of Assisi , making him the first American and the first member of the Society of Jesus to lead the Catholic Church, and the first non-European pope since the Syrian Gregory III in 741. The fumarate white rose over the sky of Rome at 19.08.

Recognized for his humility, doctrinal conservatism, defender of the moral theology of the Church and commitment to social justice. After being elected Pope, he chose not to live in the official residence in the Apostolic Palace, but in another much humbler Vatican dependency where he can receive visitors and hold meetings. He is the first pope since Pius X to live outside the papal apartments.

Charlemagne Prize 2016

On December 23, 2015, it was announced that Pope Francis would receive the 2016 Charlemagne Prize for his special contribution to European unity, according to an announcement by the board of directors of the institution that awards these awards, based in Aachen (western Germany). “In these times, in which many citizens of Europe seek guidance, the Holiness of him Pope Francis offers a message of hope and encouragement,” the organization said in a statement.


  1. Leader of the Catholic Church and main representative of the Catholic faith in the world.
  2. He studied Chemistry, Humanities, Philosophy and Theology.
  3. Ordained priest in 1969, bishop in 1992, archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998 and cardinal in 2001.
  4. Bergoglio was elected Pope on March 13, 2013 and took the name Francis.
  5. After his election he became the first non-European Pope in more than 1,200 years, the first of Latin American origin and the first of the Jesuit order.
  6. As Pope he is the head of state of Vatican City.
  7. Strong defender of the poor and of social justice.
  8. The first Pope to visit Iraq, the Al-Aqsa temple in Jerusalem and the Holocaust museum in Israel.

Phrases of Pope Francis

  • How I would like a poor Church and for the poor.
  • Money sickens the mind and faith and makes us go down the path of vanity, pride and arrogance. When you commit an action for money, you sin against the first commandment, sins of idolatry.
  • The hypocrite does not know what joy is, he does not know what breadth is, he does not know what magnanimity is.
  • The real power is service.
  • The “distribution of wealth” must be demanded.
  • Men and women are sacrificed to the idols of profit and consumption: it is ‘the culture of discarding’. If a computer breaks down it is a tragedy, but poverty, needs and The dramas of so many people end up becoming normal.
  • I have never been on the right.
  • The court is the leprosy of the Papacy.
  • The truth does not cling like a thing, the truth is found.
  • The Virgin Mary is more important than the apostles, and that the bishops, deacons and priests, the woman in the Church is more important than the bishops and the priests, this is what we must try to explain better through a deepening of the women’s theology.
  • No to the double life of the benefactors of the Church who rob the State”, those people show a “varnished rot.
  • We got used to the bloody traction of the boys and women at night in the center carrying what others throw.
  • I want trouble in the dioceses; I want it to go outside, for the Church to take to the streets.
  • If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge him?
  • I am a sinner on whom the Lord has set his sights.
  • Throw the dishes, but don’t stop forgiving each other.
  • A good Christian does not complain, he is always cheerful.



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