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Pope Francis


Vatican City

Pope Francis born on 17 December 1936 is head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of of the Vatican City State. Francis becomes the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere and the first from outside Europe since the Syrian Gregory III who reigned 8th century .

On 13 March 2013 Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis when he was named the Roman Catholic Church’s 266th pope. After St. Francis of Assisi of Italy Bergoglio, the first pope from the Americas, took his papal title. Prior to his election as pope, Bergoglio served from 1998 to 2013 as archbishop of Buenos Aires (after Antonio Quarracino), from 2001 to 2013 as cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church in Argentina, and from 2005 to 2011 as member of the Argentinean Bishops ‘ Conference. Named Person of the Year by Time magazine in 2013, Pope Francis embarked on a tenure marked by humility and outspoken support of the needy and marginalized people of the world and was deeply engaged in areas of political diplomacy and advocacy for the environment.

Pope Francis: A Man of His Word debuted at Cannes Film Festival 2018. The documentary, written and produced by Wim Wenders, reveals the “work of transformation of the Pope and his responses to today’s universal issues of death, social justice, globalization, biodiversity, income disparities, materialism and the role of the family.” A co-production with the Vatican, the film also accompanies the Pope on his travels around the world to locations like the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in  in Jerusalem and Ground Zero to the Holy Land and Africa.

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