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 Pope Francis

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.

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"In December at a gathering of CEOs convened by Fortune and Time at the Vatican, Pope Francis called on business leaders to do more to reach the billions of people shut out from the fruits of the global economy.
WASHINGTON - These days when Pope Francis talks about integral human development and his vision of a Church that goes to the margins of the world, he likely thanks a predecessor of 50 years ago for the inspiration.
bc_video video_id="5369707374001" account_id="416418724" player_id="default"] Royal correspondent, Imogen Lloyd Webber, says Prince Charles and ...
Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the Secretary-General meets with Pope Francis in a private audience at the Apostolic Palace.
His task will be filled with challenges, but also with opportunity. With construction of a new high school underway, Harrington will take over with students still attending the current Chicopee location.
"In December at a gathering of CEOs convened by Fortune and Time at the Vatican, Pope Francis called on business leaders to do more to reach the billions of people shut out from the fruits of the global economy.
In general, our need to focus more upon our own relationship with the Lord must become simpler and childlike (carefree, even) if we're to continue growing with Him, and in like manner if we're to offer real support to the man entrusted to lead us.
During a friendly meeting on January 19 with an ecumenical delegation from Finland, Pope Francis affirmed his commitment to Reunion with Lutheran Christians by offering an historical claim about the great German reformer: "The intention of Martin ...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a telegram expressing his condolences to the victims of the terror attack at the House of Parliament in London on Wednesday, in which an attacker killed four people before armed police shot him dead.
Sorry Pope Francis and Hillary Clinton, the NFL Draft's party on the Parkway is generating more interest than your Philly events.
Pope Francis has said he is "deeply saddened" by the attack in Westminster yesterday and has expressed "prayerful solidarity with all those affected by the tragedy".
Young children can be unpredictable sometimes. And by sometimes, we mean at the most inappropriate (school, church, the checkout line at the grocery store) times.
The Pope leaned in to kiss the girl on the cheek but she took the opportunity to steal his white skullcap.
Dr. Samuel Gregg, a regular contributor to CWR, writes at The Federalist about the convenience of Pope Francis rejecting populism while also, in many ways, drawing upon and using populism to his advantage: But Francis's populist side manifests itself ...
Los Angeles, CA (California Network) -- Pope Francis addressed millennials on Tuesday, defending them from some of the criticism older generations heap upon them.
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis received the President of the Republic of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, in a private audience at the Vatican's Apostolic Palace on Monday.
Pope Francis has named Father Steven Biegler, a priest of the Diocese of Rapid City, SD, to head the Diocese of Cheyenne, Wy.
Pope Francis on Friday said confessors "should not hesitate" to refer penitents to exorcists, if they are suffering from "genuine spiritual disturbances.
Vatican CITY - Pope Francis is inviting parishes around the world to open their doors for 24 hours next Friday and Saturday, March 24-25, so that the faithful might encounter Jesus Christ anew in the sacrament of Penance and Eucharistic Adoration.
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Sunday recalled the Beatification of Joseph Mayr-Nusser, which took place the day before in the Italian city of Bolsano.
Vatican CITY - Pope Francis will visit Cairo from April 28 to 29 at the invitation of the Egyptian president and the grand imam of the capital's famed Al-Azhar Mosque, the Vatican said Saturday, March 18.
Vatican CITY (AP) - Pope Francis will visit Egypt in late April, reflecting improved Vatican-Muslim dialogue after years of tension that developed during the previous papacy of Benedict XVI.
In what will be his first international trip of the year, Pope Francis will be traveling to Cairo, Egypt, April 28-29, showing that interfaith dialogue is a priority.
(Vatican CITY) - Pope Francis will visit Egypt in late April, reflecting improved Vatican-Muslim dialogue after years of tension that developed during the previous papacy of Benedict XVI.
NEW YORK (CBSMiami) - New York police detectives are investigating the theft of a laptop belonging to the U.S. secret Service. The laptop, reportedly containing sensitive documents and information on President Trump and Pope Francis, was taken from ...
They are the handwritten notes of the speech Jorge Mario Bergoglio delivered to his fellow cardinals on the eve of his election as pope.
One wonders where Pope Francis finds the people who provide articles to L'Osservatore Romano which attack those who raise questions about his leadership.
Pope Francis has just completed four years of his pontificate. From the moment Jorge Bergoglio greeted Rome and the world with "Buona sera", he has been controversial.
ONE area where Francis has managed to make progress is in cleaning up the Vatican's largely secret financial machinery. Most of the accounts at the Institute for the Works of religion (IOR), or Vatican Bank, that belong to people not directly ...
It's been four years since Pope Francis kicked off one of the most striking papacies in memory. Within the Catholic world, sadly divided into warring political camps, he is seen as a hero by progressive Catholics and a scourge of conservatives.
Rolling Stone's Italian edition features Pope Francis on the cover of its March issue, which hits newsstands on Thursday March 16, 2017.
Pope Francis addressed volunteers from Telefono Amico Italia on March 11 and reflected on the importance of listening, describing it as "the simplest ...
Reflecting on the day's Gospel reading (Mt. 17:1-9), Pope Francis told the crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square for his March 12 Angelus address that Christ's transfiguration enlightened "the minds and hearts of the disciples, so that they could ...
Although there are still no dates or trip itinerary, the Vatican has confirmed that the pope is considering going to Egypt. It would not be a surprising announcement, as in recent months the Vatican and Cairo University, Al-Azhar, have tightened their ...
The hanging in the Oval Office of a portrait of President Andrew Jackson brings up a political phenomenon known as "populism." The word has many nuances.
Pope Francis has been an active participant on social media channels thanks in part to a collaborative effort to find new ways to communicate with the digital ...
Dozens of families have started farming plots of land, tilling the soil and planting their first crops as a squatters' gardening initiative has taken root on Catholic Church-owned land with the nominal blessing of Pope Francis. (AP Photo/Nicole Winfield).
Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress as Vice President Joe Biden (left) and Speaker of the House John Boehner look on in the House of Representatives Chamber at the U.S.
Remember, Jorge Mario Bergoglio has always identified himself as a Jesuit, and for him being Jesuit means being someone who is essentially missionary.
Austin, Texas - For a guy who has said he isn't very tech savvy, Pope Francis has embraced twitter and Instagram as powerful tools to communicate with the world.
The story is fake and Pope Francis is still alive. Although, he did speak about his death in 2014 saying he might have only two or three years left to live.
Pope Francis to visit Colombia. Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the Colombian city of Cartagena in September has part of his trip to the South American country.
The schedule released by the Vatican ahead of the visit included time with the children and young adolescents of the parish in their sports field, a meeting in the parish theatre with parents and newborns baptized during the course of the past year, a ...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis prayed the Angelus with pilgrims and tourists gathered in St. Peter's Square on the Second Sunday of Lent.
From Pope Francis, a somewhat revolutionary solution for what to do about beggars on the street - a perfect antidote to these toxic times and in the spirit of Lenten sacrifice.
A senior Australian Catholic official has warned that Pope Francis may be "backsliding" in his crackdown on paedophile priests in the face of an intransigent Vatican establishment.
"A trip by the Holy Father to Egypt is under study but neither dates nor a programme have been finalised," Greg Burke, spokesman for Pope Francis, said in a statement. The visit will fulfil a long-standing invitation that was made by Egypt's president ...
Pope Francis has learned to be pope in four years. Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the same man he was four years ago. The themes of his pontificate may be those of the former archbishop of Buenos Aires, yet those close to him say he has given his ministry a ...


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