Pope Francis (born Jorge Mario Bergoglio) is an Argentinian Roman Catholic priest who was elected head of the Roman Catholic Church in 2013. He was the first Jesuit pope, the first pope from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first pope since the eighth century from outside Europe. Francis has been noted for his humility, emphasis on God’s mercy, concern for the poor, and commitment to interreligious dialogue. He is an outspoken critic of unbridled capitalism and free market economics, consumerism, and overdevelopment, and he advocates taking action on climate change.
“Thank you for shining a light on the lives and bearing witness to the many priests, religious sisters and lay people, who opted to accompany, support and help their brothers and sisters who were sick from H.I.V. and AIDS at great risk to their profession and reputation.”
Pope Francis has appointed six women to oversee the Vatican’s finances in the most senior roles ever given to women within the Catholic church’s leadership. The appointments mark the most significant step by Francis to fulfil his promise of placing women in top positions.