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HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS

BISHOP OF ROME

 

THE VICAR OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, SUCCESSOR OF PRINCE APOSTLES, HIGH PRIEST OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, THE PRIMATE OF ITALY, ARCHBISHOP AND METROPOLITAN PROVINCE OF ROMAN CHURCH, SOVEREIGN GOVERNOR OF STATE VATICAN, SERVANT SERVANTS OF GOD

 

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JORGE MARIO BERGOGLIO

 

Born on December 17, 1936 in Buenos Aires (Argentina). March 11, 1958, he joined the Jesuits; in the novitiate in Chile studied humanities at the Colegio Maximo San Jose in San Miguel near Buenos Aires defended his bachelor`s degree in philosophy at the Colegio Inmaculada Concepción de la Santa Fe studied literature and psychology. In the years 1964-1965 he was a teacher of literature and psychology at the Colegio Inmaculada Concepción de la Santa Fe, and in 1966 the Colegio del Salvador in Buenos Aires. In the years 1967-1970 he studied theology at the theological faculty of Colegio Maximo San Jose in San Miguel. He was ordained a priest on December 13, 1969, and laid his perpetual profession on April 22, 1973.

In the years 1971-1973 was a master of the novitiate at the seminary in Villa Barilari and, simultaneously, a professor at the Faculty of Theology at the Colegio Maximo San Jose in San Miguel. In the years 1973-1979 he was the Provincial of the Jesuits in Argentina.

In the same year (1979) was re-rector of the Colegio Maximo de San Jose in San Miguel (remained so until 1986). Frankfurt continued his studies at the Theological Faculty of St. Georgen.

May 20, 1992 he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Buenos Aires, as titular bishop of Auca, episcopal ordination granted him 27 June 1992 the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Antonio Quarracino; In June 1997, promoted to Archbishop-coadjutor of this Archdiocese, took over the rule of February 28 of the following year, after the death of Cardinal Quarracino. In November 1998, he was also the Ordinary for the faithful of the oriental rites, living in Argentina. Served as Grand Chancellor of the Catholic University of Argentina and the Vice-President of the Episcopal Conference of Argentina.

In February 2001, Pope John Paul II elevated him to the dignity of cardinal, giving Priest of San Roberto Bellarmino. During the conclave in April 2005, Cardinal Bergoglio was mentioned among the papabile. In the years 2005-2011 (two 3-year terms) was the chairman of the Bishops` Conference of Argentina.

Selected 265 the head of the Catholic Church following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, on the fifth ballot was elected as the new pope on March 13, 2013. He took the name of Francis.

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