Jorge Bergoglio became the 266th Pope on March 13, 2013. His first words as pontiff: “buona sera.” He was born on December 17, 1936 (age 83 years), in Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina. His focus is on the call for mercy and pastoral outreach towards the peripheries and towards the most vulnerable are unique traits of his ministry. Here is a video for the anniversary:
Historic moments of his Pontificate include the trip to the Arab peninsula, embrace with the Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in Cuba, his silent prayer in Auschwitz, the canonization of Mother Teresa, his ecumenical journey to Lund to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the publishing of his Apostolic Exhortation “Amoris Laetitia”, and more. Edited from Vatican News Va
The pope has completed 32 apostolic trips during his pontificate, and hopes to visit Iraq and South Sudan. He has a confirmed trip to Malta in May, 2020.