Pope Francis

On the 13th March, 2013, at 18:07hrs (local time) the cardinal's of the Catholic Church elected and announced to the world their new Pope. The 266th Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, this was announced to the world by plumes of white smoke rising from the Vatican and with the peeling of St. Peter's bell. He will be known as Pope Francis and follows on from the previous Pope Benedict XVI, who made recent history by resigning as Pope.

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How old is the current pope?

Jorge Maria Bergoglio was born on 17 December 1936, so as of March 2015 is 78 years old. He was 76 when elected.

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What is Pope Francis' mailing address?

His Holiness, Pope Francis

00120 Vatican City

Pope Francis does not have a public email address as of 6/27/13 according to the Pontifical Council for the Laity

His Holiness Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI

Mater Ecclesiae Monastery

00120 Vatican City

His email address is: benedictxvi@vatican.va

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Who is the Pope?

The current pope is Jorge Mario Bergoglio. He took the name Pope Francis I. Pope Francis was 76 years old when he was elected to the head of the church on March 13, 2013. He was the archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina before stepping down because of his age.

Pope Francis is the first non-European Pope of the modern era, and the first South American Pope ever. He is also the third straight non-Italian Pope. Pope Francis is considered to be a follower of the church's most conservative wing.

Pope Francis takes over for Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, who retired from his position due to health reasons on February 28, 2013, after about 8 years as Pope.

The pope, in general, is the spiritual head of the Roman Catholic Church worldwide.

Francis I is the latest Pope to hold that position, which the Roman Catholic Church can trace back through history, through the early Church until the first 'pope' (although that particular title wasn't used at that time), Peter the Apostle. The Pope's residence is in a tiny independent country (the smallest in the world) within the borders of Rome, Italy, called the Vatican City, which also houses the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church worldwide.

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Why did Pope Francis become pope?

Because the Cardinals elected him

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What is the name of the current German pope?

There is only one pope and he rules the Church from the Vatican. In 2014 that pope is Pope Francis. Individual countries do not have popes. The pope before him was Pope Benedict XVI who was German.

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Does Pope Francis have any siblings?

Yes

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How do you say Francis in Spanish?

Francisco
That would be "Francisco".

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Has the pope sinned?

probably, but he probably went to confession for it and was forgiven.

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Where was Pope Francis born?

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the future Pope Francis, born December 17, 1936, in

Buenos Aires, Argentina.


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When was Pope Francis ordained a priest?

On the 13th of December 1969.

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Where does the new pope come from?

Jorge Mario Bergoglio - Pope Francis - was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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What is the complete name of Pope Francis?

His given name is Jorge Mario Bergoglio.

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What is Pope Francis's successor good at?

As of January of 2015, Pope Francis continues to reign as pope and has no successor.

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Who is Pope Francis?

Pope Francis was elected by the College of Cardinals on March 13, 2013 which was the second day of the Papal Conclave which is where the Cardinals elect the next Pope.

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Is Pope Francis aware of what socialism did to Argentina?

The Holy Father is an educated and intelligent man, it would be foolhardy to maintain that he is unaware of the history of his own country.

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Is Pope Francis actually a chemist?

Yes, he studied chemistry during his early years in college and worked for a time as a chemical technician. He also worked for a time as a bouncer in a bar.

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What sport is Pope Francis a fan of?

Pope Francis has been a lifelong supporter of the San Lorenzo de Almagro football club.

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How will the pope use his authority for the good of others in the Church?

He has not yet said. Give him time to get use to his new position and get a feel for what needs to be improved or changed.

Right now, (early 2015) most Catholics are baffled and confused about Pope Francis. One day he makes some very conservative statements and the next day he is very liberal. How much of this can be blamed on Pope Francis? Did he really make such statements or is this the news media's spin on the subject? Lately he has been making some major changes in the Roman Curia and 'demoting' several very conservative members and replacing them with cardinals and bishops who seem much more liberal. Some of these changes have not been popular with older, more conservative Catholics.

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When was Pope Francis named a cardinal?

Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elevated to cardinal in 2001 by Pope John Paul II.

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Is Pope Francis the first Spanish pope?

The native language of Pope Francis is Spanish but he is not from Spain. He was born and raised in Argentina.

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What will the pope try to fix?

Pope Francis seems to realise that the Catholic Church can not survive by alienating homosexuals and those who practise birth control.

  • When asked about homosexuals, Francis is reported to have replied, "Who am I to judge?"
  • In a news conference, he indicated an openness to birth control to prevent infection by the zika virus. While this does not imply acceptance of birth control where the risk of infection does not exist, it is a step towards a more open policy.
  • In 2015, Francis provisionally gave priests permission to forgive the sin of “procuring abortion” through the sacrament of reconciliation, more commonly known as “confession.” On 20th November 2016, Pope Francis made the permission permanent.

theconversation.com says that Pope Francis’ decision in relation to abortion is part of an overall approach to Catholic teaching and practice that seeks to make it more humane, more merciful and more easily adaptable to the vicissitudes of everyday human life.



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What is the new pope's nationality?

Pope Francis is from Argentina but is of Italian descent as his parents were immigrants from Italy.

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Why did they have to name him Francis?

"They" did not name him Francis. He chose the name himself. Pope Francis said that he had chosen the name in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi, and had done so because he was especially concerned for the well-being of the poor.

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How many ballots did it take to elect Pope Francis?

Pope Francis was elected on the 5th ballot on the 2nd day of the conclave.

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From what town in Italy is Pope Francis' family?

His father immigrated from Turin, Italy, to South America in the 1920′s. His mother was born in Argentina but of Italian descent.

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