March 13, 2013

Habemus Papam!

Baptismal Name - Jorge Mario Bergoglio
Date of Birth - December 17, 1936
From - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Family - One of five children born of Italian immigrants
Languages - Spanish, Italian, German
Study for Priesthood - Entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) on March 11, 1958
Ordained Priest - December 13, 1969
Ordained Bishop - June 27, 1992
Archbishop - Archbishop of Buenos Aires 1998-2013
Made Cardinal - Made Cardinal by Pope John Paul II the Great in 2001
Current Motto - Miserando atque eligendo ("With mercy and choosing")

Elected Pope - March 13, 2013
Number Pope - 266th pope in line of succession from the first pope, the apostle St. Peter
Papal Name - Pope Francis, chosen in honor of St. Francis of Assisi (not "Francis I," until there is a "Francis II")
Papal Inaugural Mass - March 19, 2013 (Feast of St. Joseph, Patron Saint of the Church)
Responsibility - Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church and sovereign ruler of the Vatican City State
His Firsts for a Pope - Latin American, Jesuit priest, named Francis, non-European in 1,272 years

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