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GARCIA, MARIANNE FAYE N.

OF LIFE
BSOT-3

FCL 602 THE PERPETUALITE: A MINISTER


MR. JOHN VALENZUELA

POPES BIOGRAPHY
Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on December 17, 1936, to
Italian migrants. As a juvenile, Bergoglio underwent surgery to remove a lung due to serious
infection. Following his high school graduation, he enrolled at the University of Buenos Aires,
where he received a master's degree in chemistry before beginning training at the Jesuit seminary
of Villa Devoto. In March 1958, he entered the Society of Jesus.
Bergoglio went on to attend the Philosophical and Theological Faculty of San Miguel,
where he earned a degree in philosophy, and later received a doctorate in theology in Freiburg,
Germany. Ordained as a priest in December 1969, Bergoglio began serving as Jesuit provincial
of Argentina in 1973. He later returned to his alma mater, the Philosophical and Theological
Faculty of San Miguel, where he served as rector (1980-86) as well as a professor of theology.
In June 1992, Bergoglio was named titular bishop of Auca and auxiliary of Buenos Aires,
and in February 1998, he became archbishop of Buenos Aires, succeeding Antonio Quarracino.
Three years later, in February 2001, he was elevated to cardinal by Pope John Paul II, named the
cardinal-priest of Saint Robert Bellarmine. In 2005, he was named president of the Bishops'
Conference of Argentina, serving in that position until 2011.After Pope John Paul II's death in
April 2005, Bergoglio reportedly received the second-most votes in the 2005 papal election;
Pope Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger) won election as Pope John Paul's successor.
On March 13, 2013, at the age of 76, Jorge Bergoglio was named the 266th pope of the
Roman Catholic Churchbecoming the first citizen from the Americas, the first non-European
and first Jesuit priest to be named pope, and adopting the name Pope Francis (he reportedly took
the title after St. Francis of Assisi of Italy, a Catholic preacher during the 12th and 13th
centuries). Prior to the 2013 papal election, Pope Francis had served as both archbishop and
cardinal for more than 12 years. In addition to his native Spanish, Bergoglio speaks Italian and
German.
Pope Francis made his first international visit on July 22, 2013, when he arrived at the
Galateo-Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There, he was
greeted by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in a welcome ceremony, later circulating
downtown Rio in order to be "close to the people."
While in Rio, Pope Francis was on hand to celebrate World Youth Day. More than 3 million
people attended the pontiff's closing mass at the event. On his way back to Rome, Pope Francis
surprised reporters traveling with him regarding his seemingly open stance on gay Catholics.
According to The New York Times, he told the press that "If someone is gay and he searches for
the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" His remarks were heralded by several gay and
lesbian groups as a welcoming gesture by the Roman Catholic Church.
Nowadays, Pope Francis continues to inspire and unite all the people in the world
regardless of their races, religions and faith.

GARCIA, MARIANNE FAYE N.


OF LIFE
BSOT-3

FCL 602 THE PERPETUALITE: A MINISTER


MR. JOHN VALENZUELA

SIGNIFICANCE OF PAPAL VISIT IN THE PHILIPPINES


A pontiff is the leader of the church that Jesus Christ has established millions of years
ago. He is one of those ambassadors of Christ who were appointed by faith and destiny to give
hope to people by spreading the gospel of the Lord.
As our new appointed Pope, Francis wished to have a trip here in our country to give
optimism to all the Filipinos especially those who are poor and suffering and had suffered from a
really major catastrophe in life. Hes here not for us to focus that the Holy Father is here but he
wants us to be enlightened with regards to our faith in the Lord. He wants to make us believe
again that Christ is here, He is alive and Hes inside our hearts.
Personally, Pope Francis really made my heart felt overwhelmed with joy. His smile was
very genuine and it mysteriously gave me this kind of enlightenment thus making me believe
more that God is indeed here always and ready to perceive all my problems and pains. The
pontiff certainly bestowed each one of us the hope of having a new and better life by teaching us
to understand every persons faith, belief and race. He as well wanted our government to be
truthful and help the poor by discontinuing corruption. With regards to the church, the Holy
Father wanted them as ambassadors of Christ, to be the firsts to welcome the Lords reconciling
grace in their hearts. He also said that they should be the first to examine their conscience and
acknowledge their sins. Maybe because the pope wanted them to be the role models of the
people in terms of helping each other and faith in God.
Pope Francis is a great inspiration to all of us, not only for the Filipinos but also for all
the people from all walks of life. Like him, we should also live in peace by helping each other
with sincerity and be united in one faith. We should not be egocentric. Lets stay blessed by
looking at Pope Francis as a person with earnestness, being non-judgmental and being down to
earth despite of being the leader of our church.