What does Pope Francis mean for Christians

Pope Francis

"With Christ we can transform ourselves and the world," said Pope Francis.


Pope Francis - short résumé:

Born on December 17, 1936

1958 Joined the Jesuit order

1969 ordination as a priest

1998 appointment as Archbishop of Buenos Aires

2001 appointed cardinal

March 13, 2013 Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Pope as the first Jesuit and Latin American.

Pope Francis - his career:

Jorge Mario Bergoglio decided to become a priest at the age of 21. He entered the Villa Devoto seminary and then the Jesuit novitiate. After two years of novitiate he continued his studies in the juniorate of the Jesuits in Santiago de Chile. He completed his studies in the classical disciplines - history, literature, Latin and Greek.

Bergoglio had worked briefly as a technical chemist before entering the seminar. From 1973 to 1979 he was Provincial of the Jesuits in Argentina.

From 1980 to 1986 he was rector of the "Colegio Maximo" and the Philosophical-Theological College of San Miguel.

After a short research semester in Germany (Frankfurt and Rothenburg) and several months in Buenos Aires, he was spiritual of the Jesuit community of Cordoba until his appointment as auxiliary bishop (1992).

Bergoglio was appointed archbishop in 1998.

Pope John Paul II called him to the College of Cardinals on February 21, 2001.

After the death of the Polish Pope on April 2, 2005, Bergoglio was considered a papabile.

He was then chairman of the Argentine Bishops 'Conference from 2005 to 2011 and authoritative editor of the final document of the Latin American Bishops' Assembly in Aparecida (2007).