Pope Francis I (born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on December 17, 1936) is the 266th and current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, a title he holds ex officio as Bishop of Rome, and Sovereign of the Vatican City. He chose Francis as his papal name in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. Francis is the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere and the first non-European pope since the Syrian Gregory III, who died in 741.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on December 17, 1936. He was the son of Mario José Bergoglio (1908-1959) and Regina Maria Sivori (1911-1981) and was oldest of five children. His father, Mario Bergoglio was an Italian Argentine accountant born in Portacomaro in Italy's region of Piedmont. His mother Regina Sivori was an Argentine housewife born to a family of northern Italian origin.
Career as a Jesuit (1958-2013)Edit