The Pope Jorge Mario Bergoglio

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Jorge Mario Bergoglio commenced his controversial and trailblazing papacy on March 13, 2013, when he was elected the 266th Pope. From the moment Bergoglio became Pontiff, he fell under worldwide dispute. Primarily, he was the first Pope to hail from somewhere other than Europe, being the Jesuit Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a native of the city (“Biography” 1). He also stirred immediate controversy by electing the papal name of Francis; a name that was thought by many Catholics to only belong to St. Francis of Assisi, the Italian saint most revered for his life of poverty and dedication to the poor (Raushenbush 1). Pope Francis was devoted from the beginning to a radical lifestyle and a radical agenda of teaching and service. From washing the feet of a young Muslim woman in a youth prison to his comments on gay marriage, Pope Francis has attracted a multitude of attention to himself, both positive and negative attention (Pigott 1). He has become known for breaking the social norms surrounding the role of the Pontiff. He chose not to live in the luxurious papal apartment and continues not to wear the more ornate clothes significant of his position, representative of his dedication to the service of the poor, once stating to reporters, “How I would like a church that is poor and for the poor” (“Pope” 1). He is one of the most technologically advanced popes, using social media sites like Twitter to connect with people daily on a global scale. The media eye is constantly following the Pontiff, documenting almost every comment and broadcasting them for worldwide, public speculation. In all the controversy, support, and opposition surrounding Pope Francis, one of the most current and stirring issues has been his c... ... middle of paper ... ...scussion on some of the most ethically challenging problems we face. Works Cited 1. "Biography of Pope Francis, Jorge Mario Bergoglio." Biography of Pope Francis, Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Vatican. Web. 22 Jan. 2014. 2. Pigott, Robert. "Pope Francis Gives Catholic Church Gentle Revolution." BBC News. BBC, 01 July 2014. Web. 25 Jan. 2014. 3. "Pope Francis: 'I Would Love a Church That Is Poor'" National Catholic Reporter. Web. 25 Jan. 2014. 4. Raushenbush, Paul Brandeis. "Pope Francis 'Evangelii Gaudium' Calls For Renewal Of Roman Catholic Church, Attacks 'Idolatry Of Money'" The Huffington Post. 26 Nov. 2013. Web. 25 Jan. 2014. 5. Shaw, Adam. "Pope Francis' War on Aspiration." Fox News. FOX News Network, 23 Jan. 2014. Web. 26 Jan. 2014. 6. Parnass, Sarah. "By the Numbers: Catholics in America." ABC News. ABC News Network, 28 Feb. 2013. Web. 27 Jan. 2014.

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