Jorge Mario Bergoglio, formally known as Pope Francis, was born December 17, 1936. He is our 266th pope after his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI. He was ordained a priest on December 13, 1969. He became pope March 13, 2013
Pope Francis is the first Jesuit pope. His name honors Saint Francis of Assisi. He published his first encyclical on June 29, 2013. His coat of arms represents the Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph, and the Jesuits. Francis chooses not to live in the Apostolic Palace, but to live in the Vatican guest house.