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  • 5 things to know about Pope Francis

  • Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was named the new pope today. Here are five things to know about him. 

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  • Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was named the new pope today. Here are five things to know about him.
    1. He has taken the name Francis. He is the first Pope Francis in the history of the church.
    2. He is the first South American pope and the first non-European pope (excluding Peter, who is regarded as the first pope). 
    3. Pope Francis was born Dec. 17, 1936, (age 76) in Buenos Aires.
    4. He is a Jesuit.
    5. He was ordained as a priest in 1969 and elevated to the position of cardinal in 2001. 
     

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