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The city council of Buenos Aires voted on Thursday to designate as a "Historic Site" the home where Jorge Mario Bergoglio – now Pope Francis – lived during his childhood and adolescence.
Abraham Skorka, an Argentine rabbi who has long been a friend of Pope Francis, has told a Jesuit magazine of the background of their upcoming pilgrimage to the Holy Land, which will occur May 24-26.
When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio almost became pope in 2005, he told a confidant that — had he been elected — he would have named himself after the pope he so admired: John XXIII.
One year on, the selection of the new pope seems trivial compared to what he has accomplished in rhetorical tone and personal example. Pope Francis promises to be a different kind of pope, one that may herald a resurgence for the Catholic Church.
No doubt about it — the man born Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the religious figure of 2013. Time magazine confirmed this by naming the Argentine cardinal now known as Pope Francis as Person of the Year, and a survey of Religion Newswriters Association members this month designated his election as the top religion story of the year.
Pope Francis was formally named Time magazine's "Person of the Year" on Wednesday.
As with the 1978 election of Pope John Paul II, the March selection of an Argentine Jesuit, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, as Pope Francis stunned many within and outside the Roman Catholic Church: The new pontiff wasn't widely known outside of South America, and his views on many issues were a bit mysterious.
Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected by the Vatican's papal conclave last week after five rounds of voting. He took the name Pope Francis -- after St. Francis of Assisi, the revered Italian friar who founded the Franciscan Order -- and became the first Jesuit and first leader from the Americas of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.
Along with being the first Latin American pope, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio (now Pope Francis), appears to have a genuine concern for the poor, having chosen the name of a saint who gave away his considerable wealth to live with and serve the poor of Assisi, Italy ("Pope Francis is first Catholic pontiff from the Americas; he is known as a humble intellectual," Web, Wednesday).