About the Author
Pope Francis (Jorge Mario Bergoglio) was born in Buenos Aires in 1936, the son of a railwayman. He joined the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) at the age of 21 and was ordained a priest in 1969. He was elected Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998 and was created cardinal by Pope John Paul II in 2001 with the title of cardinal priest of San Roberto Bellarmino. He was elected the 266th Pope in March 2013. Antonio Spadaro was born in Sicily in 1966. After graduating from Messina University he joined the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). He earned a doctorate from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where now he teaches at the Theological Faculty. In 2011 he was appointed Consultor of the Pontifical Council for Culture and of the Pontifical Council of Social Communication by Pope Benedict XVI. He currently lives in Rome where he is the director of the long-standing periodical La Civilt Cattolica.
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