Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Pope by the papal conclave in 2013, after his predecessor, Pope Benedict, resigned. He chose his papal name in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi.
He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1936. He became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998, and was created a Cardinal in 2001. Francis is the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church, in which capacity he is Bishop of Rome and absolute Sovereign of the Vatican City State. He the first Jesuit Pope, the first Pope from the Americas, and the first non-European Pope since Pope Gregory III in 741. Pope Francis has been noted for his humility, his concern for the poor.
Pope Francis said during his trip to Chile that allegations a bishop there had known about sexual abuse were "slander." Boston's archbishop says those words were "a great source of pain for survivors of sexual abuse."
Pope Francis has met with victims of sexual abuse by priests in Chile and apologized for the "irreparable damage" they suffered. He said the Church was committed to "ensuring that such things don't happen again."
The Pope has used his traditional Urbi et Orbi speech to call for peace in Jerusalem. It was the second time the pontiff has spoken about the issue since the US recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital.