Pope Francis on Biography~Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on December 17, 1936, Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis on March 13, 2013, when he was named the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Bergoglio, the first pope from the Americas, reportedly took his papal title after St. Francis of Assisi of Italy. Prior to his election as pope, Bergoglio served as archbishop of Buenos Aires from 1998 to 2013 (succeeding Antonio Quarracino),

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Interactive biography: Pope Francis Key facts about the new pope Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the 76-year-old cardinal and archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, was named Benedict XVIs successor on Wednesday.

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