", In November 2017, Pope Francis visited Myanmar amid a humanitarian crisis that had sparked the exodus of more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims from the country. I wish to restate as firmly as I can that abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life. Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the 266th Pontiff and will lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. As a young man, Bergoglio underwent surgery to … After expressing support of breastfeeding in public during the annual Holy Mass on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord in 2017, the Pope made similar comments during the 2018 ceremony. Titled "The Protection of Minors in the Church," the summit drew 190 church leaders from around the world. On May 20, 1992, Bergoglio was named titular bishop of Auca and auxiliary of Buenos Aires; he was ordained into that post a week later. .I henceforth grant to all priests, in virtue of their ministry, the faculty to absolve those who have committed the sin of procured abortion. “What we have to create is a civil union law. He told the members of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences that he supported the Big Bang theory and evolution. If you see something that doesn't look right, contact us! One line in the prayer had been recited for generations in English as "lead us not into temptation," but the Pope said that was "not a good translation," pointing out the French Catholic translation, "do not let us fall into temptation" as a more appropriate alternative. Days later, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the former top Vatican diplomat in the United States, published a letter that accused Pope Francis of covering up reports of sexual abuse by recently resigned Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington, D.C. After defrocking McCarrick in February 2019, the Pope convened a four-day summit at the Vatican devoted to the longstanding problem of sexual abuse. On his return trip from South Korea, Pope Francis discussed his own mortality with the press. Upon his arrival, Pope Francis delivered a speech in which he asked for forgiveness for the pain caused by some ministers of the church and promised to do his best to make sure such abuse never happened again. ", Later that month, Pope Francis gave a revealing interview to an Italian Jesuit publication called La Civiltà Cattolica. In September 2013, Pope Francis called for others to join him in praying for peace in Syria. He explained that religious dialogue must be broader in scope, not simply focused on such issues as homosexuality and abortion. Saint Katharine Drexel used her personal fortune to fund schools for Native Americans and African Americans. Top row, from left to right, his brother Alberto Horacio, Bergoglio, his brother Oscar Adrian and his sister Marta Regina. The Pope also raised the age at which the Vatican considers the subjects of pornographic images to be grouped under child pornography from 14 to 18. A co-production with the Vatican, the film also follows the Pope on his journeys around to world to places like the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem and Ground Zero to the Holy Land and Africa. More than three million people attended the pontiff's closing mass at the event. He spoke out against global abuses and the misuse of political and economic power, lamenting the disappearances and suspected murders of 43 students in Mexico; the dangers and losses of life caused by immigration; financial mismanagement within the church itself; and sexual abuse. He also continued to present a more accepting attitude toward homosexuality than previous pontiffs, saying that "God in creation has set us free: it is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person," according to The Guardian. Noting how one baby crying would spark others to follow suit, he said that if the babies in attendance were "starting a concert" of crying because they were hungry, then mothers should feel free to feed them right there as part of the "language of love.". In this undated picture released by journalist Sergio Rubin, then priest Jorge Mario Bergoglio, second from left in back row, poses for a picture with his family in an unknown location. ", He added: "The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented, especially when that person approaches the Sacrament of Confession with a sincere heart in order to obtain reconciliation with the Father. I know that it is an existential and moral ordeal. That fall, Pope Francis showed himself to be progressive on several scientific issues. Pope Francis: A Man of His Word debuted at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Pope Francis I appears on the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City. Initially silent, the Pope weighed in with a letter released by the Vatican nearly a week later, in which he acknowledged "with shame and repentance" the church's failure to properly act in response to the longstanding allegations. In the article, it was revealed that the deciding factor that led to Pope Francis landing at the top of the list, was his ability to alter the minds of so many people who had given up on the Catholic church in such a short period of time. The pontiff held a special vigil in St. Peter's Square on September 7, which was attended by an estimated 100,000 people. Early Life and Education. While he does not believe women should be ordained as priests, Francis considers women an essential part of the church. The Pope wrote about this act of compassion in a letter, stating: “I think in particular of all the women who have resorted to abortion. I am well aware of the pressure that has led them to this decision. The Pope also met with other religious leaders, after which he headed to Bangladesh to show support for Rohingya refugees. "The proposal of the Gospel must be more simple, profound, radiant. ", The pope implored those involved in the conflict to find a peaceful solution. In this 2008 photo, Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, second from left, travels on the subway in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Throughout late 2014 and into 2015, Pope Francis continued his pattern of deep engagement with both political and environmental conflicts around the world. Pope John Paul II made history in 1978 by becoming the first non-Italian pope in more than 400 years. Three years later, in February 2001, he was elevated to cardinal by Pope John Paul II, named the cardinal-priest of Saint Robert Bellarmino. In June 2015, Pope Francis spoke out about the environment. The encyclical was considered significant by environmentalists and church observers alike because it was not directed exclusively to Catholics, but to everyone in the world. In August 2018, a Pennsylvania grand jury report described the actions of more than 300 "predator priests" and their 1,000-plus underage victims, as well as attempts to cover up their misdeeds. We strive for accuracy and fairness. On March 13, 2013, at the age of 76, Bergoglio was named the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church — becoming the first citizen from the Americas, the first non-European and first Jesuit priest to be named pope, and adopting the name Pope Francis (he took the title after St. Francis of Assisi of Italy). He also suffered a personal loss around that same time after several members of his family were killed in a car accident in Argentina. He is the first pope from the Americas. In October 2020, Pope Francis expressed his support for same-sex civil unions as seen in the documentary Francisco. However, its conclusion was followed by news that the Pope's financial adviser, Australian Cardinal George Pell, had been convicted of sexually abusing two 13-year-old boys. His decision to crack down on church corruption and excommunicate members of the Mafia were hailed by Catholics and non-Catholics alike, though they also caused him to receive death threats. Mother Teresa was the founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic congregation of women dedicated to helping the poor.