The busy papal life of Pope Francis
Pope Francis is celebrating his 85th birthday this December 17
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Pope Francis is the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of Vatican City since 2013. Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Argentina in 1936, he is the first Jesuit pope and the first from the Americas. Francis is also the first pontiff from outside of Europe since the 8th century.
Themes that have come to define Francis' papacy include poverty, mercy, and joy. Indeed, throughout his public life the pontiff has been celebrated for his humility, commitment to interreligious dialogue, and a very real concern for the environment. The pope is seen as progressive and occasionally unconventional, and remains admired and revered by millions around the world.
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