Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, was elected 266th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church on March 13, 2013. Our Holy Father took on the papal name of Francis, honoring St. Francis of Assisi.
The runner-up to Pope Benedict XVI in the 2005 papal election to succeed Blessed John Paul II, Pope Francis is the first Pontiff from outside of Europe in the modern era, the first South American Pope, and the third straight non-Italian Pope.
Prior to his election, he had served since 1998 as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was elevated to the Cardinalate in 2001.
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