Pope Francis

The Holy Father was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in December 1936.  He entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in March 1958 and was ordained priest in December 1969.
He was ordained Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998 and created Cardinal in 2001. He was elected Pope on March 13th 2013, taking the name Francis. He chose as his papal motto words from St Bede, the 8th century English monk: miserando atque eligendo ( having mercy, He called him).