Pope Francis, formerly known as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, SJ, became the 266th Supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church on March 13, 2013.
Prior to his election by the conclave, the Holy Father served as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Blessed John Paul II proclaimed him a Cardinal in 2001.
Pope Francis was born in Buenos Aires on December 17, 1936, and ordained for the Jesuits in 1969. He has been a rector, confessor, spiritual director and skilled leader serving the Church in many roles.
The Papal Foundation welcomes Pope Francis and will work closely with him to address the spiritual and human needs of people around the world.
January 21, 2015 – Pope Francis held an in-flight press conference with journalists on his way home from the Philippines on Monday. During a wide-ranging question-and-answer session, the Holy Father confirmed that he has added New York City and Washington, DC to his itinerary for his fall 2015 visit to the US. He also expressed his desire to make even more stops, and some of the possibilities were surprising.
Read the Pope’s comments >