Pope Francis, née Jorge Mario Bergoglio, has been the leader of the Roman Catholic Church and bishop of Rome since 2013. He is the first pope from the southern hemisphere, the first from the Americas, the first Jesuit, and the first non-European since 741 AD. He was born in 1936 in Buenos Aires into a family of Italian immigrants, and ordained into the priesthood in 1969. From 1992 to 2013 he served as auxiliary bishop and then archbishop of Buenos Aires. He was consecrated a cardinal in 2001. On Twitter: @Pontifex.

Writing in the Cairo Review