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August 09, 2020

Biography of His Holiness Pope Francis

His Holiness Pope Francis (Jorge Mario Bergoglio) was born on 17 December 1936 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Earlier in life, Bergoglio graduated as a chemical technician and then chose the path of the priesthood, entering the Diocesan Seminary of Villa Devoto.
On 11 March 1958, he entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus. He completed his studies of the humanities in Chile and returned to Argentina in 1963.
Between 1964 to 1966, he taught literature and psychology at Immaculate Conception College in Santa Fé and at Colegio del Salvatore in Buenos Aires. From 1967 to 1970, he studied theology and obtained a degree from the Colegio of San José.
On 13 December 1969, he was ordained a priest by Archbishop Ramón José Castellano. Between 1970 and 1971, he continued his training at the University of Alcalá de Henares in Spain and on 22 April 1973, made his final profession with the Jesuits.
Between 1973 to 2013, Bergoglio served as rector, spiritual director, confessor, archbishop and cardinal.
On 13 March 2013, at the age of 76, Jorge Mario Bergoglio was named as the 266th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the first non-European and the first Jesuit priest to be named Pope.


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