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  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Thursday Dec 17, 1936

    Birth

    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Thursday Dec 17, 1936

    Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born on 17 December 1936 in Flores, a neighborhood of Buenos Aires.




  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Tuesday Mar 11, 1958

    Society of Jesus

    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Tuesday Mar 11, 1958

    Bergoglio studied at the archdiocesan seminary, Inmaculada Concepción Seminary, in Villa Devoto, Buenos Aires, and, after three years, entered the Society of Jesus as a novice on 11 March 1958.




  • Santiago, Chile
    Saturday Mar 12, 1960

    Officially became a Jesuit

    Santiago, Chile
    Saturday Mar 12, 1960

    At the conclusion of his novitiate in the Society of Jesus, Bergoglio officially became a Jesuit on 12 March 1960, when he made the religious profession of the initial, perpetual vows of poverty, chastity and obedience of a member of the order.




  • Argentina
    Saturday Dec 13, 1969

    Priesthood

    Argentina
    Saturday Dec 13, 1969

    In 1967, Bergoglio finished his theological studies and was ordained to the priesthood on 13 December 1969, by Archbishop Ramón José Castellano.




  • Spain
    Sunday Apr 22, 1973

    Final vow in Jesuit

    Spain
    Sunday Apr 22, 1973

    Bergoglio completed his final stage of spiritual training as a Jesuit, tertianship, at Alcalá de Henares, Spain. He took the final fourth vow (obedience to the pope) in the Society of Jesus on 22 April 1973.




  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Saturday Jun 27, 1992

    Bishop of Buenos Aires

    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Saturday Jun 27, 1992

    Bergoglio was named Auxiliary Bishop of Buenos Aires in 1992 and ordained on 27 June 1992 as Titular Bishop of Auca, with Cardinal Antonio Quarracino, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, serving as principal consecrator.




  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Tuesday Jun 03, 1997

    Archbishop of Buenos Aires

    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Tuesday Jun 03, 1997

    On 3 June 1997, Bergoglio was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Buenos Aires with right of automatic succession.


  • Argentina
    Wednesday Feb 21, 2001

    Cardinal

    Argentina
    Wednesday Feb 21, 2001

    At the consistory of 21 February 2001, Archbishop Bergoglio was created a cardinal by Pope John Paul II with the title of cardinal priest of San Roberto Bellarmino, a church served by Jesuits and named for one; he was formally installed in that church the following 14 October.


  • Argentina
    Tuesday Nov 08, 2005

    President of the Argentine Episcopal Conference

    Argentina
    Tuesday Nov 08, 2005

    On 8 November 2005, Bergoglio was elected president of the Argentine Episcopal Conference for a three-year term (2005–08).


  • Argentina
    Tuesday Nov 11, 2008

    For 2nd time President of the Argentine Episcopal Conference

    Argentina
    Tuesday Nov 11, 2008

    He was reelected to another three-year term on 11 November 2008.


  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Dec, 2011

    Resignation

    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Dec, 2011

    When he turned 75 in December 2011, Bergoglio submitted his resignation as Archbishop of Buenos Aires to Pope Benedict XVI as required by canon law.


  • Vatican City
    Wednesday Mar 13, 2013

    A Pope

    Vatican City
    Wednesday Mar 13, 2013

    Bergoglio was elected pope on 13 March 2013, the second day of the 2013 papal conclave, taking the papal name Francis.


  • Vatican City
    Saturday Mar 16, 2013

    The Name

    Vatican City
    Saturday Mar 16, 2013

    At his first audience on 16 March 2013, Francis told journalists 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.


  • Vatican City
    Sunday Mar 31, 2013

    First Easter homily

    Vatican City
    Sunday Mar 31, 2013

    On 31 March 2013, Francis used his first Easter homily to make a plea for peace throughout the world, specifically mentioning the Middle East, Africa, and North and South Korea.


  • Vatican City
    Friday May 10, 2013

    Met with Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria

    Vatican City
    Friday May 10, 2013

    In May 2013, Pope Francis met with Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria in the Vatican. The meeting coincided with the 40th anniversary of the first visit by a Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria to the Vatican; when Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria met with Pope Paul VI on 10 May 1973.


  • Vatican City
    Saturday Jun 29, 2013

    First Encyclical

    Vatican City
    Saturday Jun 29, 2013

    On 29 June 2013, Pope Francis published his first encyclical, titled Lumen fidei.


  • Vatican City
    Saturday Aug 16, 2014

    The pope has also continued the practice of having beatifications

    Vatican City
    Saturday Aug 16, 2014

    The pope has also continued the practice of having beatifications celebrated in the place of the individual's origin though has presided over beatifications himself on three occasions for Paul Yun Ji-Chung and 123 companions on 16 August 2014, his predecessor Pope Paul VI on 19 October 2014 and two Colombian martyrs on 8 September 2017.


  • Vatican City
    Tuesday May 12, 2015

    First Canonizations

    Vatican City
    Tuesday May 12, 2015

    On 12 May, Francis carried out his first canonizations of candidates approved for sainthood during the reign of Benedict XVI: the first Colombian saint, Laura of Saint Catherine of Siena, the second female Mexican saint, Maria Guadalupe Garcia Zavala, both of the 20th century, and the 813 15th-century Martyrs of Otranto.


  • Vatican City
    Thursday Jun 18, 2015

    Laudato si'

    Vatican City
    Thursday Jun 18, 2015

    On 18 June 2015, Pope Francis issued a papal encyclical called Laudato si' on climate change, care for the environment, and sustainable development. The encyclical, although dated 24 May 2015, was officially made public on 18 June 2015.


  • Vatican City
    Friday Jun 19, 2015

    Met with Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II

    Vatican City
    Friday Jun 19, 2015

    In June 2015, Pope Francis met with Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church.


  • Vatican City
    Monday Oct 16, 2017

    World Food Day

    Vatican City
    Monday Oct 16, 2017

    On the October 16, 2017 World Food Day ceremony, held at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which is headquartered in Rome, Pope Francis called for collaboration among world leaders to assure food security which requires tackling the "root of problem" of food insecurity. Pope Francis cited "studies conducted by the United Nations and many other civil society organisations" that said the "two main obstacles to overcome" are "conflicts and climate change".


  • Vatican City
    Friday Dec 08, 2017

    Pope Francis signed a new apostolic constitution

    Vatican City
    Friday Dec 08, 2017

    On 8 December 2017, Pope Francis signed a new apostolic constitution on ecclesiastical universities and faculties Veritatis gaudium, published 29 January 2018.


  • Vatican City
    Thursday Aug 29, 2019
    03:11:00 PM

    First Consistory

    Vatican City
    Thursday Aug 29, 2019

    At the first consistory of his papacy, held on 22 February 2014, Francis created 19 new cardinals. At the time of their elevation to that rank, 16 of these new cardinals were under eighty years of age and thus eligible to vote in a papal conclave.


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