The 266th Pope of the Catholic Church who took over for Benedict XVI in March of 2013. He made waves throughout the world for his modern views on homosexuality and contraception.
Ordained a priest in 1969, he rose through the ranks to become Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998 and cardinal in 2001.
In contrast to his predecessor's somewhat aloof style, he showed himself to be a people of the people, often mingling with the faithful.
He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the eldest of five children of Italian immigrants.
It was Pope John Paul II who elevated him to the post of Cardinal in 2001.