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His Holiness Pope Francis

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His Holiness Pope Francis

His Holiness Pope Francis Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires, one of the five children of Mario José Bergoglio, a railway worker born in Portacomaro (Asti) in Italy's Piedmont region, and his wife Regina María Sivori, a housewife born in Buenos Aires to a family of northern Italian (Piedmontese-Genovese) origin.
Francis has been a supporter of the San Lorenzo de Almanro footballl club since his childhood.
He graduated from the technical secondary school Escuelas Técnicas #27, Hipólito Yrigoyen, and earned a degree as a chemical technician. According to some sources, he earned a masters' degree in chemistry from the University of Buenos Aires.
At the age of 21, he decided to become a priest and began his religious studies and was eventually ordained in 1969.
Pope Francis was mentored by Salesian Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest, Fr. Stepan Chmil and knows the Byzantine liturgy well.Jorge Mario.
Bergoglio entered the Society of Jesus on 11 March 1958 and studied to become a priest at the Jesuit seminary in Villa Devoto.
In 1960, Bergoglio obtained a licentiate in philosophy from the Colegio Máximo San José in San Miguel; in 1964 and 1965, he taught literature and psycology at the Colegio de la Inmaculada, a high school in the Province of Santa Fe, Argentina, and in 1966 he taught the same courses at the Colegio del Salvador in Buenos Aires.In 1967, Bergoglio finished his theological studies and was ordained to the priesthood on 13 December 1969, by Archbishop Ramon Jose Castellano.
He attended the Facultades de Filosiay Teolodia de San Miguel (Philosophical and Theological Faculty of San Miguel), a seminary in San Miguel, Buenos Aires province. Bergoglio attained the position of novice master there and became professor of theology.
The Society of Jesus promoted Fr. Bergoglio and he served as provincial for Argentina from 1973 to 1979. He was transferred in 1980 to become the rector of the seminary in San Miguel, and served in that capacity until 1986. He spent several months at Sankt Georgen in Frankfurt, Germany, while considering possible dissertation topics and returned to Argentina to serve as confessor and spiritual director to the Jesuit community in Cordoba .
In Germany he saw the painting Mary Untier of Knots in Augsburg and brought a copy of the painting to Argentina where it has become an important Marian devotation It has since spread to Brazil; according to Regina Novaes of the Institute of Religious Studies in Rio de Janeiro, this devotion "attracts people with small problems".
He had an image of Mary Untier of Knots inscribed on a chalice he presented to Pope Benedict XVI in 2005.
Bishop Bergoglio was named Auxiliary Bishop of Buenos Aires in 1992 and was ordained on 27 June 1992 as Titular Bishop of Auca, with Cardinal Antonio Quarracino Archbishop of Buenos Aires, serving as principal consecrator.
Bergoglio succeeded Cardinal Quarracino as Archbishop of Buenos Aires on 28 February 1998 and was concurrently named ordinary for Eastern Catholics in Argentina, who had lacked their own prelate
Cardinal At the consistory of 21 February 2001, Archbishop Bergoglio was created a cardinal by Pope John Paul II with the title of cardinal proest of San Roberto Bellarmino.As cardinal, Bergoglio was appointed to five administrative positions in the Romaon Curio.