Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Arch Bishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina was elected the Pope of Catholic Church on 13th March 2013. Bergoglio was elected pope, following his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation, in the second day of Papal conclave at Sistine Chappel, taking the name ‘Francis’.
The choice of Bergoglio, who is the first Latin American and first Jesuit pope, was announced by French cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran with the Latin words "Habemus Papam" ("We have a pope.")
Vatican deputy spokesman Thomas Rosica said the same day that the new pontiff had chosen the name in honor of Saint Fransis of Assissi, and had done so because the new pontiff was a lover of the poor. On the day of his election, the Vatican clarified that his official papal name was Francis, not "Francis I". A Vatican spokesman said that the name would become Francis I if and when there is a Francis II.
Papacy Began : 13 March 2013
Born : 17 December 1936, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Age : 76
Birth Name : Jorge Mario Bergoglio
Ordination : 13 December 1969, by Ramon Jose Castellano
Consecration : 17 June 1992, Antonio Quarrachino
Cardinalate : 21 February 2001
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