This Happened - March 13: Pope Francis Is Elected
Pope Francis was elected on this day in 2013, becoming the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church, after the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.
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What is Pope Francis known for?
He is known for his progressive views on social and economic issues, as well as his efforts to promote interfaith dialogue and environmental stewardship. He has also been vocal in his criticism of corruption and inequality. Pope Francis' real name is Jorge Mario Bergoglio and was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1936.
How has Pope Francis impacted the Catholic Church?
Pope Francis has made a number of significant changes to the Catholic Church since his election, including efforts to reform the Vatican bureaucracy, promote greater transparency, and encourage more inclusivity and diversity within the church. He has also made significant efforts to address issues of sexual abuse within the church.
What are some of Pope Francis' most notable achievements?
Some of Pope Francis' most notable achievements include the publication of his encyclical on environmental stewardship, Laudato Si', and his efforts to promote interfaith dialogue, including his historic meeting with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar in 2019.