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Pope Francis I
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Religious Figure
    (December 17, 1936- )
    Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Birth name is Jorge Mario Bergoglio
    Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina (1998-2012)
    Cardinal in the Catholic Church (February 21, 2001-March 12, 2013)
    Pope of the Catholic Church (elected March 13, 2013)
    Became the first pope to address a joint session of Congress (September 24, 2015)
    It's widely believed he lost out to Pope Benedict XVI as Pope John Paul II's replacement.
    He's praised for his conservative Jesuit ideology.
    An Argentinian lawyer accused him of being involved in the kidnappings of two liberal Jesuit priests.
    Surprise - he adamantly opposes same sex marriage and adoption by same sex parents.
    Argentinian President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner responded to his views by calling them 'reminiscent of medieval times and the Inquisition.'
    He discussed the 'unjust distribution of goods'; a position which may be too 'socialist' for some conservatives.
    He was the first non-European born pope in the 'modern era'.
    He's a champion of social justice, especially when it comes to addressing poverty.
    One word often used to describe him: humble.
    He lived in a small apartment instead of the Archbishop's palace, and, rode public transportation instead of using a chauffeured limousine.
    He's got one lung; the other was removed when he was a teenager after it became infected.
    He taught college level literature and psychology.
    He said 'Who am I to judge?' regarding gay priests and stressed that gays must not be marginalized. (July 29, 2013)

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