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The 266th pope

Elected pope: Wednesday, March 13, 2013, ~7:07 p.m. Rome

Motto: "Miserando atque eligendo" (in Latin) which means 
      "by having mercy, by choosing him"

First pope from the West-Southern Hemisphere, 
      from Latin America (Argentina)
      (although of Italian heritage)

First pope of Jesuit Order

First pope named "Francis" (named after St. Francis of Assisi)

Was: Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J.

Born:  December 17, 1936

Birthplace:  Buenos Aires, Argentina

1st Degree:  Chemical Technician

Ordained as priest:  December 13, 1969

Appointed bishop by Bl. John Paul II:  May 20, 1992
         (bishop of Auca and Auxiliary of Buenos Aires)

Appointed as archbishop of Buenos Aires: June 3, 1997

Create and proclaimed as cardinal by Bl. John Paul II: 
           February 21, 2001

2nd place to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in 2005 conclave election 
           of Pope Benedict XVI


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