On December 17, 1936 Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Mario and Regina Bergoglio. Who knew in 2013, he would become the first non-European pope in over 1,000 years. Pope Francis is the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, and the first from the Southern Hemisphere. Many may not know that prior to beginning seminary studies, Pope Francis worked briefly as a chemical technologist and nightclub bouncer. He was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1969.
The Pope has been acknowledged on several occasions for his humility, concern for the poor population and the conversation about interfaith. While his papacy is much less formal, than his predecessors, there’s no doubt that he is impacting so many lives. Although he maintains traditional views regarding abortion, marriage, ordination of women and clerical celibacy, he opposes consumerism, irresponsible development and believes we, the people, must take action on climate change. Pope Francis has also worked hard to make the church more open and welcoming to others.
There is no doubt that Pope Francis has done a tremendous amount of great work during his short time in papacy. Not only has he not allowed preconceived notions to influence his efforts, but he has also made sure that his morals, ethics and values are laid out for the entire world to see and understand. Let’s look at some of the greatest achievements Pope Francis has had so far.