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Early Years of Pope Francis in Buenos Aires
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - MARCH 15: View of the Church of Colegio Misericordia de Flores where Jorge Bergoglio received his first communion when he was a kid, on March 15, 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since his election as new Pope of the Catholic Church, international media outlets have pointed out the austere life of the former Argentine Archbishop. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now known as Pope Francis, spent his early years in the neighborhood of Flores, in Buenos Aires City, where he was born on December 17th of 1936. He is one of the five children of a couple of Italian immigrants. He graduated as a chemistry technician at E.N.E.T Nº 27 Hipólito Yrigoyen School and when he was 21 he decided to join the Catholic Seminary in Villa Devoto, Buenos Aires. Member of the Jesuits, he became a priest on December of 1969. He graduated in Philosophy from the Colegio Máximo San José in San Miguel, in the outskirts of Buenos Aires. In 1992 he was appointed Bishop of Buenos Aires. Six years later, he replaced Antonio Quarracino. In 2001 was created a cardinal by Pope John Paul II with the title of cardinal-priest of San Roberto Bellarmino. He had several administrative positions in the Roman Curia. On March 13th of 2013, he was elected Pope by the Conclave. Francis, as he decided to be called in honor to the Saint Francis of Asis, is the Pope number 266 and the first non-European pontiff of the new era. (Photo by Grupo44/LatinContent/Getty Images)
15 Mar 2013
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