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Francis (born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on 17 December 1936) is the 266th and current pope of the Catholic Church, elected on 13 March 2013. As such, he is both head of the Church and Sovereign of the Vatican City State.
A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, he was ordained as a priest in 1969. He served as head of the Society of Jesus in Argentina 1973–1979. His relationship with the military junta during the National Reorganization Process remains controversial. In 1998 he became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, and in 2001 a cardinal. Following the resignation of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, on 28 February 2013, the conclave elected Bergoglio, who chose the papal name Franciscus in honour of Saint Francis of Assisi. He is the first Jesuit pope, the first from The Americas, and the first from the Southern Hemisphere. Francis is the first non-European pope in 1,282 years, since Syrian St. Gregory III. Francis speaks Spanish, Latin, Italian, German, French, and English.
He'll meet with Muslim leaders despite declaring that "Islam hates us" during the campaign; he'll meet with Pope Francis, who advocates for countries to be welcoming to refugees. "His message is going to be about unity," said U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.
Tea LaRaja and Jane O'Connell each scored four goals and assisted on two more as the Amherst Regional girls lacrosse team bested Pope Francis, 14-8 at home Tuesday. Rachel Kawall and Malia MacDonald (assist) both had two goals for Amherst (4-12).
Demonstrators hold black crosses adorned with Venezuela flags and with the names of those who were killed in weeks of violent demonstrations calling on Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro to step down, stage a demonstration in St. Peter's Square onÃÂ ...
FATIMA, Portugal - Jorge Bergoglio, the Roman Catholic leader known as Pope Francis, has "sainted" two of three Portuguese shepherds who purportedly saw an apparition of Mary a century ago and are credited with two miracles following their death.
More penance and prayers are needed to end the wars underway today and so many "absurd" conflicts, Pope Francis said. Praying for all those affected by war and thanking those involved in humanitarian aid efforts, the Pope also marked Mother's Day onÃÂ ...
The Pope has named Archbishop Jude Okolo as his new ambassador to Ireland, a position that gives the Nigerian prelate a high level of responsibility in helping to organise next year's papal visit to Dublin.
Asked by journalists about the alleged appearance of the Virgin Mary at Medjugorje, Pope Francis said the original apparitions more than three decades ago deserve further study, but voiced doubt in the supposed ongoing visions.
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - Pope Francis says he won't try to convince President Trump to soften his policies on immigration and the environment when they meet this month, but wants instead to find common ground and work for peace.
Thank you for your welcome and for joining me on this pilgrimage of hope and peace. Even now, I want to assure all of you who are united with me, here or elsewhere, that you have a special place in my heart.
(Vatican Radio) At the conclusion of the Mass in Fatima, after a period of Adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament, Pope Francis gave a special blessing to the sick, who had come to the Shrine to pray to Our Lady. Following the blessing, the Holy Father ...
As Hayeon Carol Park and I show in "Pope Francis, capitalism, and Private Charitable Giving" (part of a special symposium of The Independent Review titled "Pope Francis and economics," Winter 2017), Francis frequently lambastes capitalism and calls forÃÂ ...
Pope Francishigh school students celebrated this year's prom at the Log Cabin in Holyoke on Friday, May 12. This is the first prom for the school since the merge between Cathedral and Holyoke Catholic high schools.
FATIMA, Portugal (AP) - The Latest on Pope Francis at Fatima (all times local):. ___. 10:35 a.m.. Pope Francis has added two Portuguese shepherd children to the roster of Catholic saints, honoring young siblings whose visions of the Virgin Mary 100 ...
Pope Francis greeted pilgrims before leading the rosary at the Chapel of the Apparitions on the first night of his two-day pilgrimage to Fatima May 12-13 to celebrate the centenary of Mary's appearance to three shepherd children in 1917.
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Friday morning greeted participants taking part in a conference organised by the Vatican Observatory entitled "black holes, Gravitational Waves and Space-Time Singularities.
(Vatican Radio) corruption is "like a cancer" that consumes the daily life of people across Latin America, Pope Francis has told bishops. In a letter to the Latin American Episcopal Conference (CELAM) at the start of their general assembly, the Pope ...
When Pope Francis meets with President Donald Trump at the Vatican at the end of this month, the world will be watching how the Argentine "slum pope" interacts with the brash, New York billionaire-turned-president.