Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

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Francis, Pope

  • Ole Jakob Løland
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08956-0_225-1

Definition

Jorge Bergoglio (1936–) was elected pope and announced his papal name Francis on March 13, 2013. Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires in Argentina on December 17, 1936. He was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest on December 13, 1969. He was named Provincial Superior of the Society of Jesus in Argentina on July 31, 1973 and was made Metropolitan Archbishop of Buenos Aires on February 28, 1998. During his papacy, Francis has visited all continents.

Introduction

Jorge Bergoglio (1936–) is an Argentinean citizen who was elected head of the Vatican state in 2013 at the age of 76. He has lived most of his life in Argentina where he served as a Provincial Superior of the Jesuits in the order on a national level in the South American country at the relatively young age of 36. His papacy’s relations to Latin America have in particular been marked by his explicit support to the *Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) movement in the region and the decision to canonize the Salvadoran Bishop...

Keywords

Catholicism Papacy Aparecida CELAM conference Liberation theology Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) Argentina 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of TheologyUniversity of OsloOsloNorway