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Pope Francis I

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina is the first pope ever from the Americas

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    Habemus Papum!
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    Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Dec. 17, 1936
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    Pope Francis is a scholar who has deep roots in theology
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    He’s known for being down-to-earth
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    Pope Francis is a fierce defender of the poor
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    He has spoken openly about his belief that there is an "unjust distribution of goods."
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    Bergoglio had reportedly finished second in the 2005 conclave that produced Benedict XVI
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    He asked for prayers for himself, and for retired Pope Benedict XVI
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    The archbishop of Buenos Aires spent nearly his entire career at home in Argentina
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    Pope Francis is the first Jesuit to become Pope
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    While archbishop of Buenos Aires he opposed
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    His father was an Italian immigrant and railway worker
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    He also has a philosophy degree from the Catholic University of Buenos Aires and a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Buenos Aires.
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    He had one lung removed as a teenager after it became infected
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    As archbishop he fought against measures to legalize same-sex marriage
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    He speaks fluent Italian, as well as Spanish and German
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    He has criticised priests who refuse to baptise babies born to single mothers
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    He chose the name Francis in memory of St Francis of Assisi
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    In the 1970's he was accused of kidnapping two Jesuit priests
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    He cooks his own meals
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    Despite having access to limos Bergoglio often rode the bus to work
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    In 2001, he visited an AIDS clinic and washed the feet of people there
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    He has been very critical of human rights violations in Argentina
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    Bergoglio taught literature, psychology, philosophy and theology
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    While archbishop, he refused to live in the luxurious apartment
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    He has written books on spirituality and meditation
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    He has been outspoken against abortion and same-sex marriages
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    He entered the Society of Jesus and was ordained in 1969
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    He becomes the 266th pontiff in the Roman Catholic Church
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    He is the first non-European Pope since Gregory III was elected in 731