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The son of Italian immigrants, Pope Francis was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on December 17, 1936. He was ordained a priest in the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1969 and was made a bishop in 1992. He became Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998 and was named a cardinal in 2001. In March 2013, he was elected Bishop of Rome, the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church.

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