Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 17 December 1936. He was elected the 266th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church in March 2013, the first pope from the American Continent. Cardinal Bergogio took his papal title after St. Francis of Assisi of Italy, becoming Pope Francis. Prior to his election as pope, Fr Bergoglio served as archbishop of Buenos Aires from 1998 to 2013, as cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church of Argentina from 2001 to 2013, and as president of the Bishops' Conference of Argentina from 2005 to 2011.
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Pope Francis will be attending World Meeting of Families 2018!
On 21 March 2018, speaking at his first General Audience in Rome after St Patrick's Day, Pope Francis announced that he will be travelling to Ireland to take part in the concluding events of World Meeting of Families 2018, in Dublin. His visit will bring great joy to Irish Catholics and others, as we prepare to welcome Pope Francis and thousands of families from all over the world to Ireland for this great event.
Pope Francis believes that the Gospel and the family continue to be a joy and good news to the world today and convoked two Synods (meeting of bishops from all over the world) to reflect on family in 2014 and 2015. As a result of those meetings, he published a document on love in the family called The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia).
In March 2017, in a Letter of Convocation, Pope Francis invited the world to start preparing for WMOF2018 by deepening their reflection on this document and inviting families to ask themselves how often they live based on love, for love and in love.