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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.

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Pope Francis has expressed his thanks to the people of Limerick for the "gracious gesture" of an invite during his impending tour of Ireland. The information came to light following a question from Fine Gael councillor Elenora Hogan as to whether there is an update on the possibility of the Holy Father ...

Pope Francis' South America trip, billed as a pilgrimage of peace and unity, has struck a controversial chord after he defended a Chilean bishop accused of covering up sexual abuse. In the port city of Iquique, Chile, his last stop before heading to Peru, Francis defended Bishop Juan Barros, telling reporters ...
Pope Francis compared gossiping nuns to terrorists during his latest South American tour stop in Lima on Sunday. The pope took a moderate tone, and the nuns he was addressing laughed as he spoke. But the pontiff was serious about his message and has referred to gossip as terrorism a number of times ...
Pope Francis also faces challenges after sexual abuse scandals in both Peru and Chile, including at Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, a powerful Catholic organization in Peru whose former leader, Luis Fernando Figari, is wanted by prosecutors. Mr. Figari is in Rome, and the Vatican has instructed him not to ...

I see that you have come not only from the far reaches of the Peruvian Amazon, but also from the Andes and neighbouring countries. What a beautiful image of the Church without borders, where all peoples have a place! How much we need moments like these, to be together and, regardless of our place of ...
Thank you very much for this lovely reception and for your words of welcome. Seeing you dance makes me very happy. I could not leave Puerto Maldonado before coming to visit you. You wanted to come from various homes to meet here in the Little Prince Home. Thank you for the efforts you made to be ...
According to Catholic News Service, the couple, who are both flight attendants for Chile's LatAm airline, were working in the flight which Pope Francis was travelling in and they walked up to him, explained their story, and requested that he blessed their marriage. Ciufardi said the pope asked the them, "Well ...
Emmanuel Macron, Donald Trump, Pope Francis: Your Friday Briefing. By PATRICK BOEHLER JAN. 19, 2018. Continue reading the main story .... Pope Francis drew rebuke when he accused victims of Chile's most notorious pedophile of slandering a bishop. [The New York Times]. • The Trump Administration is moving ...
Pope Francis ventured to a bustling corner of the Peruvian Amazon on Friday and sounded an alarm for the fate of the lands and inhabitants of the vast rainforest. "The native Amazonian peoples have probably never been so threatened on their own lands as they are at present," the pontiff told thousands of ...
Before celebrating Mass, some Chilean journalists questioned the pope about the case of Bishop Juan Barros, Bishop of Osorno. He was accused of covering up Fr. Fernando Karadima's actions of abuse. The pope responded to ADN radio in Chile, saying that until there is proof, nothing can be declared.
The scandal has nonetheless cast a pall over Pope Francis' arrival in Peru on Thursday. Francis offered an apology to sexual abuse victims this week in Chile, but many Peruvians are asking: If the pope wants to be tough on such crimes, how could the Vatican protect one of its alleged perpetrators?
I am happy to be meeting with you. I like the way that Cardinal Ezzati presented you: Here they are... consecrated women, consecrated men, priests, permanent deacons and seminarians. It made me think of the day of our ordination or consecration, when after being presented, each of us said: "Here I am, ...
What The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints needs right now is a Pope Francis. That's my conclusion, at least, after my Salt Lake Tribune colleague Peggy Fletcher Stack took a thorough inventory of the challenges and opportunities facing the faith in the coming years -- retaining members, ...
Vatican spokesman says Pope Francis meets with victims of sex abuse by priests in Chile. By The Associated Press. Santiago, Chile -- Jan 16, 2018, 7:01 PM ET. 0 Shares. email. Star. 0 Shares. Email. Vatican spokesman says Pope Francis meets with victims of sex abuse by priests in Chile.
Remembering Dr. King reminds me of Pope Francis' style of leadership. He is a compassionate prophet full of pleas for the poor, the victims of brutality, the visionaries of a kinder, gentler church and the welfare of suffering human kind in general. In that, he reflects a loving, self-less posture that sends a ...

Pope Francis met with cheers and protest in Chile; apologizes for sexual abuse by priests. Pope Francis met with cheers and protest in Chile. Luca Zennaro / EPA/Shutterstock. Pope Francis arrives to lead Mass at O'Higgins Park in Santiago, Chile, on Tuesday. Pope Francis arrives to lead Mass at ...
Santiago, Chile -- Pope Francis begged for forgiveness Tuesday for the "irreparable damage" done to children who were raped and molested by priests, opening his visit to Chile by diving head-first into a scandal that has greatly hurt the Catholic Church's credibility here and cast a cloud over his visit.
Pope Francis said on Tuesday that he was "pained and ashamed" over the "irreparable damage" priests had inflicted on minors, as he offered Chileans an apology during his first visit to their country as pontiff. "It is just to ask for forgiveness and to support victims with as much strength as possible, even as ...
Pope Francis is well aware of the challenges that await him in Chile and Peru. He spent a year and a half in Chile and has traveled to Peru multiple times, according to Vatican officials. And in his video message to both countries, recorded ahead of his visit, he specifically mentioned his knowledge of their ...
Pope Francis will visit the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church's Santa Sofia basilica in Rome at the end of January principally in order to pay tribute to one of his former teachers, Salesian Bishop Stefan Czmil, who is buried there. Holy See press office spokesman Greg Burke said in a statement Friday that the ...
ROME - Inside a large white tent on the outskirts of Rome, clergy and volunteers shared a laugh with the poor, the homeless, refugees, low-income families and a group of prisoners, all gathered for an evening at the circus sponsored by the Vatican. "Let's all clap for Pope Francis!" said Pippo Baudo, the ...
Several Catholic Churches were attacked in Santiago de Chile during the early hours of Friday, days before Pope Francis is scheduled to arrive in the Latin American country. These pamphlets were left behind in two of the churches attacked, reading, among other things, "Pope Francis, the next bombs will ...
In his homily at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis explained the attitude a Christian must have when asking something of God. Pope Francis "Courage to fight to get to the Lord. Courage to have faith, at the beginning: 'If you want you can heal me If you want, I believe .' And courage to get closer to the ...
President Michelle Bachelet has asked Chileans to receive Pope Francis in a "climate of respect," hours after three Roman Catholic Churches were firebombed and a note left at the scene threatening the pontiff. In the overnight attacks in Santiago, the capital and largest city where the pope will arrive ...
Mumbai, India - Pope Francis's visit to Bangladesh "was a celebration of our cultural identity, of harmony, of diversity, and peace," according to the country's first cardinal. Cardinal Patrick D'Rozario, Archbishop of Dhaka, was in neighboring India this week, on a family visit in Kolkata. During his stay, he ...
People hold Ukrainian flags and a banner reading 'Holy Father, pray for Ukraine' during Pope Francis's weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, June 10, 2015. (Credit: AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino.) ...
Pope Francis is offering an indulgence -- a centuries-old practice involving the cancellation of certain spiritual debts -- to any Catholic who attends the annual March for Life against abortion rights in Washington on Jan. 19, and who participates in related acts of piety. This is believed to be the first time in ...
The two debate participants "offer two important and distinct perspectives on Pope Francis and his impact on the church universal, and especially the Pope's impact on the U.S.," said Tom Gallagher, president and CEO of the religion News Foundation and publisher of RNS, the foundation's subsidiary.
On Monday, Pope Francis delivered his annual address to his diplomatic corps, ambassadors from 183 nations to the Holy See. The speech outlined a bold vision for a peaceful, free and just world. The pontiff touched on themes that have been in the headlines, like the Syrian war and the Rohingya refugee ...
This isn't the first time Pope Francis has encouraged mothers to breastfeed in the Sistine Chapel. Last year at the same ceremony, the Pope made similarly supportive remarks, saying mothers should feed their children as "Mary breastfed Jesus." NPR's Rebecca Hersher reported that even though Pope ...
On Dec. 6, 2017, Pope Francis, in the midst of a video segment explicating the Lord's prayer on Italian television, voiced a criticism of the English translation of the phrase "lead us not into temptation" that created a brief media stir. The Holy Father was simply voicing a long-standing concern about the ...
Although this message was frequently attributed to Pope Francis in August 2017, we found several earlier versions of this message that were not attributed to any author. facebook user Jacob Casstevens, for instance, shared an unattributed version of this message as early as Christmas Day 2016. This is a typical problem ...
That two-word phrase has been employed by Pope Francis twice in official documents, Evangelii Gaudium, paragraph 28, and Amoris Laetitia, paragraph 57, ... In extoling parishes as hubs of missionary creativity, Pope Francis hinges that moniker on the ability of the parish (pastor and flock) to engage in ...
On behalf of the world's often unwanted refugees and migrants, Pope Francis in his Jan. 1 World Day of peace message titled "Migrants and Refugees: Men and women in Search of Peace" pleads: "In a spirit of compassion, let us embrace all those fleeing from war and hunger, or forced by discrimination, ...
ROME -- Pope Francis used his annual Christmas Day address on Monday to make clear his concern that serenity is sorely lacking at a time when the "winds of war" and an "outdated model of development" are taking a toll on humanity, society and the environment. Addressing a crowd from a balcony at ...
When he was elected to the papacy in 2013, Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina knew that one of the premises of his support was precisely his first-hand knowledge of how dysfunctional and slow the Vatican bureaucracy can be, and also how insular and "inside the beltway" its psychology can be for those ...
(Vatican CITY) -- Pope Francis on Saturday advised against making the pursuit of money, a career or success the basis for one's whole life, urging in his Epiphany remarks to also resist "inclinations toward arrogance, the thirst for power and for riches. "During a homily at Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, ...
Pope Francis' most recent foreign trips have seen him tackle some of the world's most difficult geopolitical issues. In September, he traveled to Colombia to back an unpopular peace deal with guerilla militants. In November, he went to Myanmar to focus global attention on the government's persecution of ...
Rome, Italy (CNN) Pope Francis used his New Year's Day address to highlight the struggles of migrants and refugees, calling upon global leaders to offer more assistance in 2018. He paid tribute to those who have made "long and dangerous" journeys in an attempt to achieve a better future, saying that ...
Vatican CITY (CNS) -- In an increasingly complex world of unprecedented scientific and technological challenges, theologians must communicate what is essential about life and help Christians proclaim God's merciful, saving grace, Pope Francis told a group of Italian theologians. The theologians' task ...
Pope Francis has issued a stark warning against those who stoke fears over migrants, refugees or asylum seekers. "Many destination countries have seen the spread of rhetoric decrying the risks posed to national security or the high cost of welcoming new arrivals, and by doing so demeans the human ...
Pope Francis asked them to work for peace in the world, by first by accepting the differences of the people around them. They achieved what few people can: they made the pope sing. In June, hundreds of children from areas affected by earthquakes in Italy arrived by train to the Vatican. Pope Francis sat ...
Only when Christ is the focus of the Christmas season do all the colourful lights, carols, special meals and traditions help create a festive and joyous atmosphere, Pope Francis has said. "If we take him away, the lights go out and everything becomes fake, illusory," he said at his weekly general audience.
Pope Francis is the most popular world leader among Irish people, who rate British Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump poorly, an international opinion poll published today finds. The pope was viewed favourably by 70 per cent of the Irish respondents to the poll and unfavourably ...
But Pope Francis is the first to dedicate a celebration of world peace Day specifically to the theme of migrants and refugees. On Jan. 1, for the 51st time, the Catholic Church will begin the new year praying for peace. The day also is the feast of Mary, Mother of God, and while Pope Francis sent a message to ...
For an example of that austerity, consider a cycle of six largely unknown meditations Jesuit Father Jorge Mario Bergoglio gave in a week-long retreat to Jesuits in the early 1980s, entitled simply 'Considerations for the time of Christmas.' The retreat turned on three themes: Constancy, silence, and ...
15 de diciembre de 2017, 10:42Rome, Dec 15 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian President Evo Morales extolled his meeting today Pope Francis at the Vatican and thanked him for the support of the High Pontiff to the change process and the sea claim of the Andean-Amazonic nation. 'Very grateful and great ...
HARTFORD - Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Auxiliary Bishop Christie A. Macaluso from the Archdiocese of Hartford. The announcement was publiciized in Washington on Dec. 15 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States. In a statement announcing the pope's ...


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