Pope Francis’ First Address


Vatican Central Television

Abigail Annear , Co-Editor-In-Chief

Born in Buenos Aires to Italian immigrants on December 17, 1936, Jorge Mario Bergoglio assumed the office of the papacy on March 13, 2013, becoming the 265th successor to St. Peter (aka, the 266th Pope). Honoring St. Francis of Assisi’s humility and concern for the poor, Bergoglio chose the papal name of Francis, which exemplifies his commitment to his declared motto: “Miserando atque Eligendo” in Latin, meaning “lowly but chosen”. Pope Francis is more than just the first Bishop of Rome, however, to adopt the name Francis. He is the first Jesuit pope, the first pope from the Americas, and the first pope from the Southern Hemisphere.

God bless Pope Francis as he begins his journey to strengthen the Catholic Church’s commitment to the universal spread, advocacy, and maintenance of the Good News!