Pope Francis was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Dec. 17, 1936. He is well known for his devotion to the poor and his progressive views. Bergoglio joined the Society of Jesus in 1958. He was named the archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998 and was created a cardinal in 2001. In 2013 he was elected pope, becoming the first Jesuit pope in nearly 500 years.
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Jorge Mario Bergoglio, second from left in back row, poses for a picture with his family in an undated photo. Top row from left to right, his brothers Alberto Horacio, Oscar Adrian and his sister Marta Regina. Bottom row from left to right, his sister Maria Elena, his mother Regina Maria Sivori and his father Mario Jose Bergoglio.
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Jorge Mario Bergoglio in an undated photo.
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Pope John Paul II names Jorge Mario Bergoglio as cardinal during a consistory in St. Peter's Square, Feb. 21, 2001, in Vatican City, Vatican.
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Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio giving a mass outside San Cayetano church in Buenos Aires, Aug. 7, 2009. Bergoglio, who took the name of Pope Francis, was elected on March 13, 2013 the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.
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Newly elected Pope Francis I, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, leads Mass with cardinals at the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican, March 14, 2013, in Rome. In his first public Mass, Pope Francis urged the Catholic Church to stick to its Gospel roots and shun modern temptations, warning that it would become just another charitable group if it forgot its true mission.
Pope Francis speaks during his "Urbi et Orbi" (To the City and the World) address from a balcony in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, March 31, 2013, in Rome.
Pope Francis answers reporters’ questions during a news conference aboard the papal flight on its way back from Brazil, July 29, 2013. Pope Francis reached out to the LGBTQ community, saying he wouldn't judge priests for their sexual orientation. "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" the pope said.
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Pope Francis and President Barack Obama smile as they exchange gifts, at the Vatican, March 27, 2014, in Rome.
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Pope Francis during their meeting in Vatican City on April 3, 2014.
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Pope Francis waves as he rides through Central Park in the popemobile, on Sept. 25, 2015, in New York City. The pope was in New York for a two-day visit, speaking earlier at the United Nations General Assembly and celebrating Mass in Madison Square Garden.
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Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress while Vice President Joseph Biden, left, and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, right, listen, at the U.S. Capitol, on Sept. 24, 2015, in Washington. Pope Francis is the first pope to address a joint meeting of Congress.
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Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of Muslim, Christian and Hindu refugees during an Easter week Mass with asylum-seekers at a shelter in Castelnuovo di Porto, outside Rome, on March 24, 2016. The Holy Thursday rite reenacts the foot-washing ritual Jesus performed on his apostles before being crucified, and is meant as a gesture of service.
Pope Francis meets with Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese in a private audience at the Vatican, on Nov. 30, 2016, in Rome. Scorsese is in Rome to present his new film "Silence." The movie, adapted from the 1966 novel by Japanese writer Shusaku Endo is about the persecution of a group of Jesuits in 17th-century Japan. The plot is likely of interest to the pope, who as a young man joined the Jesuit order in hopes of becoming a missionary in Japan. He never made it because of his health, but he has spoken out frequently about the church's past and present martyrs.
President Donald Trump and his wife Melania meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican, May 24, 2017.
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Pope Francis arrives to meet with Sheik Ahmed el-Tayyib, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Mosque, at the al-Azhar Headquarters, in Cairo, Egypt, on April 28, 2017. Pope Francis came to Egypt for a historic visit to the Arab and Muslim majority nation aimed at presenting a united Christian-Muslim front to repudiate violence committed in God's name.
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Pope Francis and Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi pose for a photo during their meeting in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Nov. 28, 2017. Pope Francis' visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh runs from Nov. 27 to Dec. 2, 2017.
Pope Francis greets Mapuches in an offertory of a Mass at the Maquehue Air Base, in Temuco, Chile, Jan. 17, 2018. Francis made comments urging the Mapuche people to reject violence in pushing their cause, while celebrating Mass in Temuco, the capital of the Araucania region, where many of Chile's estimated 1 million people of Mapuche descent live.
Pope Francis arrives as people gather for the Closing Mass on Aug. 26, 2018, in Dublin, Ireland. A congregation gathered for the Closing Mass of the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland, centered on the Papal Cross in Phoenix Park, which was the site of the historic 1979 Papal Mass. Pope Francis is the 266th Catholic Pope and current sovereign of the Vatican. His visit is the first by a pope since John Paul II's in 1979.
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Pope Francis meets with Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Al-Husayni Al-Sistani on March 6, 2021, in Najaf, Iraq. After the 45-minute meeting, the Vatican issued a statement saying the pontiff used the opportunity to thank the Shia cleric for speaking up "in defense of those most vulnerable and persecuted," and for affirming the "importance of the unity of the Iraqi people."
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Pope Francis meets with President Joe Biden during an audience at the Apostolic Palace, Oct. 29, 2021, in Vatican City, Vatican.
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Pope Francis hugs a child refugee from Ukraine as he presides over "The Cortile dei Bambini" (The Children's Courtyard) encounter with children coming from all over Italy, June 4, 2022, at San Damaso courtyard in The Vatican.
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Pope Francis greets girls from Ukraine during the 'World Meeting Of Families' opening at the Paul VI Hall on June 22, 2022, in Vatican City, Vatican. 'Family love: vocation and the way to holiness' is the theme of this edition, which kicks off with the Festival of Families.
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Pope Francis offered a long-sought apology to the Indigenous community in Canada, on July 25, 2022, over the Catholic church's role in the generational abuse they suffered at Indigenous residential schools for nearly 150 years.<BR><BR>In this photo, Pope Francis wears a traditional headdress that was gifted to him following his apology during his visit to Maskwacis, Canada.
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Pope Francis greets children during a meeting with bishops, priests, deacons, consecrated persons, seminarians and lay pastoral workers, of South Sudan, in the Cathedral of Saint Therese on Feb. 4, 2023, in Juba, South Sudan. The Holy Father is in South Sudan as a "pilgrim of peace," where he is embarking upon a three-day ecumenical pilgrimage for peace, with the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
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