Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio selected as the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church, takes name Francis

Posted at 3:15 PM, Mar 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-13 15:46:14-04


Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina has been selected as the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church.

76-year-old Bergoglio was elected Wednesday and took the regnal name of Francis. Prior to his election, he served as an Argentine cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He has served as the Archbishop of Buenos Aires since 1998. He was elevated to the cardinalate in 2001.

One of five children, Bergoglio was born to an Italian railway worker and his wife in the capital city of Buenos Aires. After studying at the seminary in Villa Devoto, he entered the Society of Jesus in March of 1958.

After teaching literature and psychology, he was ordained to the priesthood in December of 1969, by Archbishop Ramón José Castellano. He attended the Philosophical and Theological Faculty of San Miguel, a seminary in San Miguel. Bergoglio attained the position of novice master there and became professor of theology.