This consistory was noteworthy for the fact that, with the pope continuing the trend of elevating cardinals from a diverse range of areas, no cardinals elevated are of the Roman Curia, and one was a mere auxiliary bishop. There the three Christian leaders signed a joint declaration. The headline in the Los Angeles Times on 19 December was "Bridge to Cuba via Vatican," with the further lead "In a rare and crucial role, Pope Francis helped keep U.S. talks with Havana on track and guided final deal. He urged peace during his time in the religiously diverse city, known as the "Jerusalem of Europe". [159], 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. [85][86] The claims were based on a diary purportedly belonging to an anonymous cardinal who had been present at the conclave. But in this part of the world, married priests are the norm. Laudato si’ proclaimed that environmental degradation was “a moral issue” spurred by greed and unchecked capitalism, which caused human beings to lose sight of the relationships that bound them together and to neglect Earth, their “common home.” Promoting the concept of “integral ecology,” Francis connected sinful actions against the natural world with the economic exploitation of impoverished human beings and the denigration of human rights. The photo was taken at the church "Pequeña Obra de la Divina Providencia Don Orione" in 1990, not during the Dirty War, and after Videla's presidential pardon. Ordinary of the Ordinariate for the Faithful of the Eastern Rites in Argentina, full diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, Facultades de Filosofía y Teología de San Miguel, Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Sankt Georgen Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology, Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina, Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Theology of Pope Francis § Vatican II revisited, Theology of Pope Francis § Church leadership, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, reform the U.S. When Francis was archbishop of Buenos Aires, he authored a text entitled "Dialogues Between John Paul II and Fidel Castro". Pope Francis, who just celebrated his 84th birthday, will address his eighth Christmas message 'Urbi et orbi' ('to the city and the world') on Friday by video. [346] He said in a televised news conference, "I read all the speeches of the pope, his commentaries, and if the pope continues this way, I will go back to praying and go back to the [Catholic] church. We have no information regarding the Pope’s personal life which has been the major curiosity among the public. He called not for "a new set of general rules, canonical in nature and applicable to all cases," but "a responsible personal and pastoral discernment of particular cases." In 1992 he was appointed an auxiliary bishop of Buenos Aires. "[189], Francis has overseen synods on the family (2014), on youth (2018), and on the Church in the Amazon region (2019). [256] Most of the new cardinals come from the peripheries of the church and developing countries. [70] It was celebrated weekly. In 2008, Bergoglio called for national reconciliation during disturbances in the country's agricultural regions, which the government interpreted as a support for anti-government demonstrators. [178] Louis Raphael I, the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch, asked the Pope to visit the "embattled Christian community" in Iraq. Moreover, although Francis was not born in Europe, he is ethnically European. "[314], In July 2017 a group of conservative clergy, academics and laymen signed a document labeled as a "Filial Correction" of Pope Francis. He is also the first from the Americas,[134] and the first from the Southern Hemisphere. The lingering effects of the church’s sexual-abuse scandal constituted another challenge facing Francis’s papacy. ", "Does Pope Francis have a master's degree in chemistry? [366] The Vatican has claimed that Western news outlets often seek to portray his message with a less-doctrinal tone of papacy, in hopes of extrapolating his words to convey a more merciful and tolerant message. [408] It includes extensive sections of interviews as well as stock footage from archives. His remark in that year that Christ had “redeemed all of us,” even non-Catholics, were broadly interpreted by the media as a message of outreach and goodwill toward atheists and agnostics, though a Vatican spokesman later claimed that Francis had been misinterpreted. He claims that he talked with Bergoglio and proposed to take part in the meeting, but Bergoglio would have told him that the meeting was canceled because of a misunderstanding by De la Rúa's assistant, who may have declined the president's assistance. He had part of a lung excised shortly afterwards. [45] He served at San Miguel for six years until 1986[7] when, at the discretion of Jesuit superior-general Peter Hans Kolvenbach, he was replaced by someone more in tune with the worldwide trend in the Society of Jesus toward emphasizing social justice, rather than his emphasis on popular religiosity and direct pastoral work. The author of the book is the late Paulo Freire and Pope Francis has made a point of visiting with Freire’s widow. [243][244][245] The pope has approved beatifications for a range of men and women including the likes of Álvaro del Portillo of Opus Dei (27 September 2014), the martyred archbishop Óscar Romero (23 May 2015) and several large groups of Spanish martyrs. [83] He participated as a cardinal elector in the 2005 papal conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI. [335][336] Pope Francis met with the country's bishops in June 2017, and the Venezuelan bishops' conference president stated, "There is no distance between the episcopal conference and the Holy See. [301], In 2015, Francis was criticized for supporting Chilean bishop Juan Barros, who was accused of covering up sex crimes committed against minors. Bergoglio was the son of Italian immigrants to Argentina. Since 2018, he has been a heavily vocal opponent of neo-nationalism. "[273], In Evangelii gaudium Pope Francis revealed what would be the emphases of his pontificate: a missionary impulse among all Catholics, sharing the faith more actively, avoiding worldliness and more visibly living the gospel of God's mercy, and helping the poor and working for social justice. [46][54], Bergoglio was named Auxiliary Bishop of Buenos Aires in 1992 and consecrated on 27 June 1992 as titular bishop of Auca,[7][58] with Cardinal Antonio Quarracino, archbishop of Buenos Aires, serving as principal consecrator. [344] The success of the negotiations was credited to Francis because "as a religious leader with the confidence of both sides, he was able to convince the Obama and Castro administrations that the other side would live up to the deal". [157], Pope Francis held his papal inauguration on 19 March 2013 in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican. On the coins it would read, "Tribute from the Argentine People to Pope Francis." [352] The Vatican issued statements concerning the hope that the peace talks could resume between Israel and Palestine. [210][275] Then in his letter on the call of all to the same holiness, Gaudete et exsultate, Fancis describes holiness as "an impulse to evangelize and to leave a mark in this world". 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[182] He said that "[w]e ask the risen Jesus, who turns death into life, to change hatred into love, vengeance into forgiveness, war into peace. When he was about 21 years old, he suffered a severe bout of pneumonia that led to the removal of part of his right lung. Pope Francis meeting with woman who underwent sex-change surgery (right) and her 'wife' (left) Francis welcomed the two into his private suite at … [112], When Bergoglio became Pope, an alleged photo of him giving the sacramental bread to dictator Jorge Rafael Videla became popular in social networks. Updates? Critics observed that the Vatican was slow to punish and defrock priests who were known pedophiles. "Pope Francis, in Sweeping Encyclical, Calls for Swift Action on Climate Change". He established two new Secretariats (top-level departments) in the Roman Curia: the Secretariat for the Economy, and the Secretariat for Communications. In November 2013 he issued Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”), an apostolic exhortation in which he denounced economic inequality and called upon the church to embrace its global diversity. He went on to say: “It is true that general rules set forth a good which can never be disregarded or neglected, but in their formulation they cannot provide absolutely for all particular situations.”[307], Four cardinals (Raymond Leo Burke, Carlo Caffarra, Walter Brandmüller, and Joachim Meisner) formally asked Pope Francis for clarifications, particularly on the issue of giving communion to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics. Fernández in turn depicted Bergoglio as a right-wing extremist and a supporter of the Videla dictatorship. [43] Still, as he had no coadjutor archbishop, he stayed in office, waiting for an eventual replacement appointed by the Vatican. [170] He named Alfred Xuereb as his personal secretary. [219], On 30 September 2020, he published the apostolic letter Scripturae sacrae affectus to celebrate the 16th centenary of the death of Jerome. [398] The oratorio was premiered on 6 November 2016 in the Limburg Cathedral. [357], On 24 May 2017, Pope Francis met with U.S. President Donald Trump in Vatican City, where they discussed the contributions of Catholics to the United States and to the world. He said that "the international community has drawn up the necessary legal instruments, such as the Paris Agreement, from which however some are withdrawing. Francis issued another titled Maiorem hac dilectionem which created a new path towards canonization for certain causes. Religion News Service. [322] Nevertheless, Pope Francis remained hostile to right-wing populism. [228] Francis canonized his two predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II on 27 April 2014 and canonized six additional saints the following 23 November. The family is threatened by growing efforts on the part of some to redefine the very institution of marriage. [60], On 3 June 1997, Bergoglio was appointed coadjutor archbishop of Buenos Aires with right of succession. Grassi has been restricted from exercising any public ministry but has not been laicized. Despite Italy being under a quarantine lockdown, Francis pleaded "not to leave the ... people alone" and worked to partially reverse the closures. He has faced criticism from theological conservatives on many questions, including admitting civilly divorced and remarried Catholics to communion with the publication of Amoris laetitia. [37] After 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. [311][312] Pope Francis subsequently announced that dicastery prefects would be appointed for a single five-year term, and replaced Müller at the end of his term in 2017 with Luis Ladaria Ferrer. However, it polarized many Catholics, especially in the United States. He led the Argentine Church during the December 2001 riots in Argentina. "[342], Pope Francis played a key role in the talks toward restoring full diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba. Bergoglio found his vocation to the priesthood while he was on his way to celebrate the Spring Day. [246], On 21 February 2015, Francis signed a decree naming Saint Gregory of Narek as the 36th Doctor of the Church; he formally conferred the title upon the saint at a ceremony held in Saint Peter's Basilica on 12 April 2015 with delegations from the Armenian Catholic Church and the Armenian Apostolic Church present. With his April 2015 papal bull of indiction, Misericordiae Vultus (Latin: "The Face of Mercy"), Francis inaugurated a Special Jubilee Year of Mercy, to run from 8 December 2015, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to the last Sunday before Advent and the Solemnity of the Feast of Christ the King of the Universe on 20 November 2016. [173] He also abolished the €25,000 annual bonus paid to the cardinals serving on the Board of Supervisors for the Vatican bank. He chose the name Francis to honor St. Francis of Assisi.. Francis is the first Jesuit pope. Pope Francis delivers his speech in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican for his weekly general audience, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. He became an outspoken advocate for the poor and an able politician, deftly promoting the church’s position on social matters in meetings with government officials. [156] He also wore the same iron pectoral cross that he had worn as archbishop of Buenos Aires, rather than the gold one worn by his predecessors. In February 2019 Francis became the first pope ever to visit the Arabian Peninsula, the birthplace of Islam, in a trip meant to promote religious fraternity and peace. [36] As a Jesuit novice he studied humanities in Santiago, Chile. Bergoglio was a particularly vocal critic of Fernández’s social initiatives, including the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2010. Help us build our profile of Pope Francis! "[343] The pope, along with the Government of Canada, was a behind-the-scenes broker of the agreement, taking the role following President Obama's request during his visit to the pope in March 2014. Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born on 17 December 1936[7] in Flores,[8] a neighborhood of Buenos Aires. He continued to assert Catholic doctrine, in less dramatic tone than his recent predecessors, who maintained that the Catholic Church is not a democracy of popular opinion. Throughout his public life, Pope Francis has been noted for his humility, emphasis on God's mercy, international visibility as pope, concern for the poor and commitment to interreligious dialogue. [120] In 2006, Bergoglio helped the fellow Jesuit Joaquín Piña to win the elections in the Misiones Province and prevent an amendment of the local constitution that would allow indefinite re-elections. Pope Francis has been influenced by The Pedagogy of the Oppressed, a book that sought to spread Marxism among the peasants of Latin America. It was said that he told Cardinal Francesco Marchisano: "John, I would have called myself John, like the Good Pope; I would have been completely inspired by him". Some other Catholic churches, for example in Germany and Austria, published summaries of the responses to the survey, which showed a wide gap between Church teaching and the behavior of ordinary Catholics. [73] He remained a member of that commission's permanent governing body, president of its committee for the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina, and a member of its liturgy committee for the care of shrines. Contribute. [203] Because of this affair the Promoter of Justice at the Vatican Tribunal applied a letter rogatory for the first time in the history of the Republic of Italy at the beginning of August 2013. ", "Does Pope Francis have a MA in chemistry? [358] At the 2017 World Food Day ceremony, Pope Francis reiterated that "we see the consequences [of climate change] every day" and that we "know how the problems are to be faced ... [t]hanks to scientific knowledge." [97] Jalics initially refused to discuss the complaint after moving into seclusion in a German monastery. [119] Kirchner celebrated the national day elsewhere the following year and the Mass in the cathedral was suspended. While the timing of the closure may have anticipated a visit by Francis to the U.S. in September 2015, it was noted that the sisters' emphasis is close to that of Francis. In the oratorio, Pope Franziskus suggests a bridge from the crucifixion scene on Golgotha to the suffering of the present. [7] He was the eldest[9] of five children of Mario José Bergoglio (1908–1959) and Regina María Sívori (1911–1981). Nobody mentioned him as instigator or as anything. DID YOU KNOW? [205] Lay experts and clerics were looking into how the bank was run. [176], In March 2013, 21 British Catholic peers and Members of Parliament from all parties asked Francis to allow married men in Great Britain to be ordained as priests, keeping celibacy as the rule for bishops. [48] In Germany, he saw the painting Mary, Untier of Knots in Augsburg and brought a copy of the painting to Argentina where it has become an important Marian devotion. Pope Francis speaks during the Wednesday general audience inside the San Damaso Courtyard of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace, Sept. 30, 2020. …Bergoglio was no accomplice of the dictatorship. [41], Bergoglio completed his final stage of spiritual training as a Jesuit, tertianship, at Alcalá de Henares, Spain, and took final, solemn vows as a Jesuit, including the fourth vow of obedience to missioning by the pope, on 22 April 1973. He appointed Bishop Marcello Semeraro secretary for the group and scheduled its first meeting for 1–3 October. [16] As cardinal, Bergoglio was appointed to five administrative positions in the Roman Curia. The new cardinals were formally installed at the consistory celebrated on 5 October 2019. This was followed in May 2015 with his major encyclical on the environment, Laudato si' (Praise be to you). It is because of fascism that our father emigrated", "Los Bergoglio, la familia más sorprendida", "3 relatives of pope killed in crash in Argentina – Chicago Tribune", "CNS STORY: Pope asks prayers after great nephews, their mother die in car crash", "La sobrina 'artista' del Papa presenta su obra en Madrid", "Jorge Bergoglio, un sacerdote jesuita de carrera", "Biography: who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio? This was a significant appointment, because of the sometimes tense relations between the Society of Jesus and the Holy See. For example, Francis surprised both liberals and traditionalists when in a September 2013 interview with an Italian Jesuit magazine he criticized the church for having been “obsessed” with issues such as homosexuality, abortion, and birth control. 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