Pope Francis was elected to lead the Catholic Church in March 2013, after Pope Benedict XVI resigned from the papacy in February 2013. He is the 267th pope of the Roman Catholic Church in a long line of apostles that go all the way back to Apostle Peter, who was appointed by Jesus to lead His Church.
Before he became pope, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio (born 17 December 1936) was Archbishop of Bueno Aires in Argentina.
He took the name “Francis” from St Francis of Assisi, a saint who championed and worked closely with the poor. He is the first pope to take that name, and he is also the first pope from the Americas.
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In-flight interview with Pope Francis after visit to South Korea
Pope reveals top 10 secrets to happiness
Don’t spread rumours, gossip
You cannot be a Christian on your own
Pope marries 20 couples
Advice to married couples
Canonisation of Pope John Paul II & Pope John XXIII
Pope’s first year