On March 13, 2013, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the successor to Pope Benedict XVI on the second day of the papal conclave after five ballots. He is the 266th Pope and the first pope from the Americas.
Cardinal Bergoglio, Pope Francis, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on December 17, 1936. He is the son of Italian immigrants to Argentina and is oldest of five children. His father was a railway worker and his mother was a homemaker. His paternal grandparent taught him to speak Italian and his grandmother taught him to pray. At 21 the pope underwent surgery to remove part of a lung due to a 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 his training at
the Jesuit seminary of Villa Devoto. In March 1958, he enter the
the Society of Jesus. In 1963 he obtained a degree in
philosophy and was ordained a priest on December 13, 1969
In June 1992, Bergoglio was named titular bishop of Auca and auxillary of Buenos Aires, and in February 1998, he became Archbishop of Buenos Aires. Three years later, in February 2001, he was elevated to cardinal by Pope John Paul II. In 2005 he was named president of the Bishop's Conference of Argentina and served until 2011.
Pope Francis is know as a humble and holy priest. Rather than moving into the Archbisop's residence in Buenos Aires he chose instead to live in a nearby apartment, preparing his own meals and riding on the bus. He would wash the feet of of the poor and AIDs victims. As pope, instead of moving into the papal apartment in the Vatican he has decided to live nearby at the Domus Santa Marta, where he was staying during the papal conclave which elected him pope.
Before becoming Pope, Francis was a member of:
The Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments; for the Clergy; and for Institutes of Consecrated Lif and Societies of Apostolic Life; the Pontifical Council for the Family; and the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.
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Most Reverend Salvatore Cordileone
Archbishop of San Fransciso
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, was named by Pope Benedict XVI to be the new leader of the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco, and was installed as Archbishop of San Francisco on October 4, 2012, the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, for whom the Archdiocese of San Francisco was named.
Archbishop Cordileone was born in San Diego on June 5, 1956. He attended public schools for elementary and high school. He studied at San Diego State University before entering St. Francis Seminary in 1975 and transerring to the the University of Diego and then to the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, earning a degree in Sacred Theology in 1981 .
He was ordained to the priesthood on July 9, 1982 by Bishop Leo T. Maher for the Diocese of San Diego.
Father Cordileone’s first priestly assignment was as assistant pastor at St. Martin of Tours Parish, La Mesa, California. In 1985, he returned to Rome and completed his doctorate in canon law at Gregorian University in 1989. From 1991 to 1995, he was pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish is Calexico, four blocks from the border with Mexico. He is fluent in Spanish. In 1995 her returned to Rome as assistant at the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the church's highest canonical court.
In 2002, Fr. Cordileone was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of San Diego by Pope John Paul II. In 2009 Bishop Cordileone was names as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Oakland by Pope Benedict XVI and in July 2012 he was appointed Archbishop of San Francisco.
Archbishop Cordileone is fluent in Spanish and plays the saxophone.
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Reverend Msgr. Steven Otellini
Pastor of the Church of the Nativity
Msgr. Steven Otellini was born and raised in San Francisco and became interested in the priesthood through the influence of the priests at Holy Name Parish in the City. He was educated at St. Joseph Minor Seminary, at St. Patrick's, and at the North American College in Rome, where he was ordained in 1978 by Cardinal James Knox. His first assignment was at St. Catherine's in Burlingame.
After completing a degree in theology from Gregorian University in Rome, he returned to the Bay Area for an assignment at Marin Catholic High School. The assignment turned out to be brief, because a letter came from the Vatican Secretary of State inviting Msgr. Otellini to return to Rome to prepare for an assignment with the Vatican Diplomatic Corps. Thus, in 1986, after a four-year program in canon law and diplomacy, Msgr. Otellini became assistant to the Vatican nuncio to the Central African Republic, Chad and the Congo.
It was a "very different" experience, Monsignor says, and it gave him the opportunity to see the funds from the Society for the Propagation of the Faith actually put into use, such as at the northern Capuchin mission that not only trained catechists but also taught farming. One project included the building of a bridge, and Msgr. Otellini was asked to officially dedicate it. "That was probably the first and last time I'll ever dedicate a bridge," he says.
After three years in Africa, he was sent to Greece, an assignment which he enjoyed because -- at that time at least -- the relationship between the Catholic and Greek Orthodox Churches was warming up.
Back in the Bay Area in 1991, he spent six years at St. Cecilia's, then another six at Marin Catholic High School where he was most recently president.