- NAME: Pope Francis
- OCCUPATION: Pope
- BIRTH DATE: December 17, 1936 (Age: 76)
- EDUCATION: Philosophical and Theological Faculty of San Miguel, University of Buenos Aires, Jesuit seminary of Villa Devoto
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Full Name: Jorge Mario Bergoglio
- AKA: Jorge Bergoglio
- AKA: Pope Francis
- AKA: Pope Francis I
- ZODIAC SIGN: Sagittarius
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Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church in March 2013, becoming Pope Francis. He is the first pope from the Americas.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires in 1936 and became Pope Francis on March 13, 2013, the first non-European pope in over 1,000 years. Watch this short video to learn about the life of Pope Francis.
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Addressing a crowd of tens of thousands in St. Peter's Square, in the Vatican City in Rome, Italy, after his election win, Pope Francis stated, "As you know, the duty of the conclave was to appoint a bishop of Rome. It seems to me that my brother cardinals have chosen one who is from faraway. ...Here I am. I would like to thank you for your embrace."
After the 2013 papal election results were announced,
U.S. President Barack Obama issued a statement about the new pope: "As the first pope from the Americas, his selection also speaks to the strength and vitality of a region that is increasingly shaping our world, and alongside millions of Hispanic Americans, those of us in the United States share the joy of this historic day."
In addition to his native Spanish, Bergoglio speaks Italian and German.
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