Pope Francis: Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires

March 13, 2013 - 3:25 PM

Cardinal Jose Mario Bergoglio

Cardinal Jose Mario Bergoglio before he was elected Pope Francis. (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, a Jesuit who is the archbishop of Buenos Aires, has been elected the new pope.

Cardinal Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires on Dec. 17, 1936 and is 76 years old. Upon his election, he took the papal name of Francis.

Pope Francis was ordained as a Jesuit priest on Dec. 13, 1969, while studying theology at the Theological Faculty of San Miguel, according to the Vatican.

As a priest, he taught theology and trained Jesuit novices. He was appointed Bishop of Auca on May 20, 1992; and in 1997 became the Coadjutor Archbishop of Buenos Aires.