Pope Francis

Pope Francis

Pope Francis was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on Dec. 17, 1936 in Buenos Aires. After earning a secondary school degree as a chemical technician, Bergoglio felt a call to the priesthood as a Jesuit, joining the novitiate in 1958, at the age of 22.

He was ordained a priest on Dec. 13, 1969. In 1973 he made his perpetual vows in the Society of Jesus and the same year was elected Jesuit provincial for Argentina. He would go on to serve as a seminary rector, a pastor, a professor, and a spiritual director.

In 1992 Fr. Bergoglio was consecrated an auxiliary bishop of the Buenos Aires archdiocese. He became the archdiocese’s coadjutor archbishop in 1997, and succeeded as archbishop the following year. St. John Paul II named Archbishop Bergoglio a cardinal in 2001.

As president of the Argentine bishops’ conference from 2005 to 2011, Bergoglio attended the Fifth Latin American Episcopal Conference held in Aparecida, Brazil in May 2007.

He was in charge of the drafting of the meeting’s final document, which came to be known as the Aparecida document, recognized as an important guiding document for the Church in Latin America and beyond.

On March 13, 2013, Bergoglio was elected to the papacy, at the age of 76. He was the first Jesuit and the first Latin American to become pope.

Articles by Pope Francis

Full text: Pope Francis’ in-flight press conference from Slovakia

Sep 15, 2021 / 12:00 pm

The pope spoke at the end of his four-day journey to Hungary and Slovakia.

Full text: Traditionis Custodes, Pope Francis' motu proprio about Traditional Latin Mass

Jul 16, 2021 / 10:11 am

This is the official translation published by the Vatican of the apostolic letter issued motu proprio by Pope Francis about the Traditional Latin Mass.

Full text: Pope Francis’ homily on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul 2021

Jun 29, 2021 / 07:15 am

Here is the full text of Pope Francis’ homily on the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, delivered at Mass in the Basilica of St. Peter on June 29, 2021.

Full text: Pope Francis’ homily on Pentecost Sunday 2021

May 23, 2021 / 05:00 am

The pope celebrated Pentecost Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica.

Full text: Pope Francis’ Easter Urbi et Orbi blessing 2021

Apr 4, 2021 / 06:00 am

On Easter Sunday 2021, Pope Francis offered Mass at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter’s Basilica. Afterward, he gave the Urbi et Orbi message and blessing. The following is the full text of the pope’s Easter message.

Full text: Pope Francis’ in-flight press conference from Iraq

Mar 8, 2021 / 15:00 pm

Please read below for CNA’s full transcript of Pope Francis’ in-flight press conference from Baghdad, Iraq to Rome, Italy on March 8, 2021.

Full text: Pope Francis' homily on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul 2020

Jun 29, 2020 / 07:30 am

Here is the full text of Pope Francis' homily on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, delivered June 29, 2020 at the Basilica of St. Peter.

Full text: Pope Francis’ homily on Pentecost Sunday

May 31, 2020 / 04:15 am

Here is the full text of Pope Francis' Pentecost Sunday homily, delivered May 31 at the Basilica of St. Peter, and checked against delivery.