Pope Francis I: Key facts

Pope Francis was born and raised in Buenos Aires, his parents were Italian immigrants.
Created On: Mar 18, 2013 13:34 IST
  • Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio never lived in the ornate church mansion in Buenos Aires, preferring a simple bed in a downtown room heated by a small stove.


  • Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio had part of one lung removed when he was young, according to the Vatican.


  • Critics accused Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of failing to stand up publicly against the country's military dictatorship from 1976-1983, when victims brought first-hand accounts of torture, death and kidnappings.


  • When Bergoglio argued that gay adoptions discriminate against children, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez compared his tone to "medieval times and the Inquisition."