March 20, 2013
On March 13, 2013 Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was elected the 266th pope. Officially installed to the Petrine Ministry at the Mass of Inauguration on March 19, he chose the name Francis.
Pope Francis was born December 17, 1936 in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Italian immigrant parents. In March of 1958 he entered the novitate of the Society of Jesus taking his first vows as a Jesuit in 1960. On December 13, 1969 he was ordained a priest and spent the next two years in Spain during his tertianship (Third Probation period of Jesuit formation). In 1973 he made his perpetual profession as a Jesuit. On June 27, 1992 he was ordained Bishop and in 1998 installed as Archbishop of Buenos Aires. He was elevated to Cardinal February 21, 2001.
Some fun facts about our new Holy Father:
Learn more about Pope Francis' first days and see photos.
- First pope from a Jesuit order
- The first pope to choose the name Francis
- Speaks Spanish, Italian, English, French, German