Who is our 266th Pope? - Pope Francis
Papa Franciscus was born on December 17, 1936; as of today he is 77 years old.
His hometown is Flores in the Buenos Aires province of Argentina; he was elected as the new pope on March 13, 2013. He selected his papal name in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. Saint Francis of Assisi was proclaimed Saint on July 16, 1228 and is knows as the patron saint of animals and the environment.
The Pope's birth name is Jorge Mario Bergoglio.
- First Pope to be born outside of Europe since Gregory III
- First Pope from the Americas - The New World
- First Pope from the southern hemisphere
- First Jesuit Pope
His motto is: "Miserando atque Eligendo" which means "By having mercy and by choosing"
Here is the Coat of Arms photo: