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A Pope from the Ends of the Earth
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is now Pope Francis

El Papa Francisco sale al balcón central de la basílica de San Pedro.

Vatican City - At 7:08 PM on March 13, white smoke from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel announced that the cardinals had elected a new Pope.  About one hour later, the Cardinal protodeacon announced that the new successor of St. Peter is Cardinal Jorge María Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, and that he chose the name Francis.  He began his greeting by saying, “Brothers and sisters, good evening.  You all know that the duty of the Conclave was to give a bishop to Rome. It seems that my brother Cardinals have come almost to the ends of the earth
El Cardenal Bergoglio con el Papa emérito, Benedicto XVI, en imagen de archivo.
to get him… but here we are.” 

After leading the people in praying for the Bishop Emeritus of Rome, Benedict XVI, he added, “And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood. My hope is that this journey of the Church that we begin today, together with help of my Cardinal Vicar, be fruitful for the evangelization of this beautiful city.”

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, (also Ordinary for Eastern-rite faithful in Argentina, who lack an Ordinary of their own rite), was born on 17 December 1936 in Buenos Aires. He holds a degree as a chemical technician, but after his studies, he chose the priesthood and entered the seminary of Villa Devoto. On 11 March 1958 he moved to the novitiate of the Company of Jesus in Chile, where he finished studies in humanities. In 1963, on returning to Buenos Aires, he obtained a degree in
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philosophy at the St. Joseph major seminary of San Miguel.

Between 1964 and 1965 he taught literature and psychology at the Immacolata College in Santa Fe, and in 1966 he taught the same subjects at the University of El Salvador in Buenos Aires.

From 1967 to 1970 he studied theology at the St. Joseph major seminary of San Miguel, where he obtained a degree. On 13 December 1969 he was ordained a priest. From 1970 to 1971 he completed the third probation at Alcala de Henares, Spain, and on 22 April 1973, pronounced his perpetual vows.

He was novice master at Villa Varilari in San Miguel from 1972 to 1973, where he also taught theology. On 31 July 1973 he was elected as Provincial for Argentina, a role he filled for six years.

From 1980 to 1986 he was rector of the Philosophical and Theological Faculty of San Miguel, as well as pastor of the Patriarca San Jose parish in the Diocese of San Miguel. In March of 1986 he went to Germany to finish his doctoral thesis. The superiors then sent him to the University of El Salvador and then to Cordoba, where he served as a confessor and spiritual director.

On 20
El Papa desde la Logia Central
May 1992, John Paul II appointed him titular Bishop of Auca and Auxiliary of Buenos Aires. He received episcopal consecration in the Cathedral of Buenos Aires from Cardinal Antonio Quarracino, Apostolic Nuncio Ubaldo Calabresi, and Bishop Emilio Ognenovich of Mercedes-Lujan on 27 June of that year.

On 3 June 1997 he was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Buenos Aires and succeeded Cardinal Antonio Quarracino on 28 February 1998.

He was Adjunct Relator General of the 10th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, October 2001.

He served as President of the Bishops´ Conference of Argentina from 8 November 2005 until 8 November 2011.

He was created and proclaimed Cardinal by Blessed John Paul II in the consistory of 21 February 2001, of the Title of S. Roberto Bellarmino (St. Robert Bellarmine).

He was a member of: The Congregations for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments; for the Clergy; for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life; the Pontifical Council for the Family; and the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.



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