- NAME: Pope Francis
- OCCUPATION: Pope
- BIRTH DATE: December 17, 1936 (Age: 77)
- Did You Know?: Pope Francis, who was born in Argentina, is the first pope to have come from the Americas.
- Did You Know?: Pope Francis was nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.
- 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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"The proposal of the Gospel must be more simple, profound, radiant. It is from this proposition that the moral consequences then flow."
While he does not believe women should be ordained as priests, Francis considers themselves an essential part of the church. "The feminine genius is needed wherever we make important decisions," he said. He also continued to present a more accepting attitude toward homosexuality than previous pontiffs,
saying that "God in creation has set us free: it is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person," according to The Guardian.
In early December 2013, Pope Francis gave an "apostolic exhortation," an address calling for big changes in the Catholic Church, including rethinking long-held but antiquated customs. "I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security," he stated. "I do not want a Church concerned with being at the center and then ends by being caught up in a web of obsessions and procedures."
Also in December 2013, Pope Francis was named Person of the Year by Time magazine. Pope Francis—having joined the ranks of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, the only other popes to be awarded the title in 1994 and 1963, respectively—was a contender against other prominent figures of the year, including Edward Snowden, Senator Ted Cruz, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Edith Windsor. In the article, it was revealed that the deciding factor which led to Pope Francis landing at the top of the list was his ability to alter the minds of so many people who had given up on the Catholic church in such a short period of time.
The following March, it was announced that Pope Francis had been nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.
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