On March 19, 2013, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina became Pope Francis, the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church. His election to the papacy was notable in many ways. He became the first pope from the Americas, the first pope from the Southern Hemisphere, the first non-European pope in more than 1,200 years, the first Jesuit pope, and the first pope to choose the name Francis.
Pope Francis was not the person that most people expected to ascend to the papacy when Pope Benedict XVI resigned from the role in late February 2013. While serving as the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cardinal Bergoglio was known for his dedication to helping the poor and admired for his modest lifestyle. After his inauguration, Pope Francis retained many of his humble ways. People around the globe eagerly watch to see what changes he might bring about in the Catholic Church.
Follow Pope Francis's journey to the papacy, from his days as a young chemist to his studies of theology. Learn more about his beliefs and hobbies—including his interests in soccer and tango dancing. Find out the true story behind the man who became the 266th pope.
Lerner Publishing Group; January 2014
- ISBN 9781512451863
- Read online, or download in secure EPUB format
- Title: Pope Francis
- Author: Stephanie Watson
Imprint: Lerner Publications ™
In The Press
"At 7:05 p.m. on the evening of March 13, 2013, white smoke billowed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel. A new pope had been chosen: Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina—Pope Francis. The first pope elected from Latin America—and one of the first chosen from outside Europe—he was now the 266th leader of the Catholic Church. This title takes readers back to Bergoglio's birth on December 17, 1936, in Buenos Aires; discusses his childhood passion for soccer and tango dancing; and describes his days as a young chemist. Ordained as a Jesuit priest in 1969, Bergoglio was named Provincial of Argentina four years later—while the country was on the 'verge of turmoil' following the death of Juan Perón. Interweaving politics and religion, Watson offers up a fascinating history of a country and the rise of an influential and humble religious leader. She then covers the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis' early days post-inauguration. Lots of pictures, a clean design, and sidebars (for instance 'Papal Names') make for an informative inside look at the spiritual leader of 1.2 million people." —Booklist