Some facts about Pope FrancisBorn December 17, 1936, Buenos Aires, Argentina.He was one of the five children born to an railway worker(who emigrated from Turin, Italy) and his wife, a homemaker.Originally studied to be a chemist, but changed his mind andchose to become a Catholic priest instead. Joined the Society ofJesus (The Jesuits), a worldwide religious order, in March 1958.Earned degrees in Philosophy and Theology, and served asa parish priest and professor of Literature and Psychology.Besides his native Spanish, he also speaks Italian and German.Many Argentinians have families who came from thesecountries to settle and farm and raise families.
Some facts about Pope FrancisOrdained a priest on December 13, 1969.Elected provincial (leader of his fellow Jesuits) ofArgentina, July 31, 1973.Served as a seminary Rector (principal) in Argentinafrom 1980-1986.Ordained a Bishop on June 27, 1992.Created a cardinal priest on February 21, 2001.
Some facts about Pope FrancisIn solidarity with the poor inhis midst, when namedas Archbishop of Buenos Airesin 1998, he chose to leave emptythe luxurious mansion whichhoused prior archbishops –and live in a simple apartment.He even took the bus to work!
Some facts about Pope FrancisParticipated in the conclave of April 2005, whichelected Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI.
Some facts about Pope FrancisWhen elected as Bishop of Rome, Francis became thefirst non-European pope since the Syrian PopeGregory III (over 1200 years ago), and thefirst South American pope ever!He took the name Francis in honor of Saint Francis ofAssisi, who founded the religious order which bearshis name in the 13th Century.St. Francis emphasized poverty, fidelity to theteachings of Jesus, and charity among all.
The Bergoglio Coat-of-Arms The shield is sky blue, like the Argentinian flag. The grapes show he is a worker in “the vineyard of the Lord.” The “IHS” in a gold sunburst is shorthand for Jesus, and is also a symbol of the Society of Jesus, of which he is a member. His motto, Miserando atque eligendo means “I am lowly, but chosen.” This is a mark of humility before God.
A Prayer for our new Holy FatherLet us pray for our Sovereign Pontiff, Francis, our Pope.May the Lord preserve him and give him life, and make himblessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will ofhis enemies.O God, Shepherd and Ruler of all Thy faithful people, lookmercifully upon Thy servant Francis, whom Thou hast chosen asshepherd to preside over Thy Church. Grant him, we beseechThee, that by his word and example, he may edify those overwhom he hath charge, so that together with the flockcommitted to him, may he attain everlasting life.Through Christ our Lord. Amen.