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Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina became Pope Francis I on 13 March 2013. He succeeded Pope Benedict XVI, who had stepped down a month earlier. Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born and raised in Buenos Aires, the son of an Italian immigrant. In the late 1950s Bergoglio joined the Society of Jesus, and in 1969 was ordained as a Jesuit. During the 1970s and '80s, he taught philosophy and theology in San Miguel, earning a reputation as a moderate scholar with a particular interest in fighting f More »
Name at Birth: Jorge Mario Bergoglio
Born: December 17, 1936 (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_views_on_contraception

Prior to the 20th century, contraception was generally condemned by all three major branches .... In issuing Humanae vitae, Pope Paul VI relied on the Minority Papal .... 76% of U.S. Catholics thought that the church should allow Catholics to use birth control. ... Since that time a "new consensus" was said to have emerged.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abortion_and_Christianity

Christianity and abortion has a long and complex history, and there are a variety of positions taken by contemporary Christian denominations on the topic. There is no explicit prohibition of abortion in either the Old Testament or New ..... Thus, Protestant views on abortion vary considerably with Protestants to be found in both ...

www.theguardian.com/world/2007/jul/11/catholicism.religion

Jul 11, 2007 ... Protestant churches yesterday reacted with dismay to a new ... mass, yesterday's document left no doubt about the Pope's eagerness to back ...

www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/05/will-pope-francis-break-the-church/389516

The new pope's choices stir high hopes among liberal Catholics and intense ... to allow Catholics in a second marriage to receive Communion even if their first ... and other Protestant denominations have traced on these issues, and would ...

www.newsweek.com/pope-francis-protestants-forgiveness-persecution-419512

Jan 25, 2016 ... The Vatican said on Monday that the Pope would visit Sweden to ... Pope Francis asked Protestants and other Christian Churches for ... commemorations that will continue throughout the world next year. ... But Catholics and Lutherans are still officially not allowed to take communion at each other's services.

catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2015/11/17/catholics-should-stay-calm-pope-francis-is-not-pressing-for-general-protestant-admission-to-communion

Nov 17, 2015 ... Pope Francis prays during a visit to the Lutheran church, in Rome (AP) ... The reality of one spouse being able to receive Communion, and the ... Catholics get the permission of their bishop to marry a non-Catholic, even one who is baptised. ... In his answer on Protestant spouses receiving Communion, the ...

www.catholicstand.com/pope-francis-has-single-handedly-destroyed-catholicism

…or so you'd think if you got all your information about Catholicism from blog ... No one should have to write an article after the fact explaining what the Pope .... Being a Protestant, he's likely to get his Catholic news from crappy sources like that. ..... for the Church and Pius XII, and after being allowed into the Vatican LIbrary, ...

www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/01/18/favorable-u-s-views-pope-francis

Jan 18, 2017 ... In the U.S., Pope Francis remains as popular as ever, with ... opinion and just 11 % say they don't know enough to be able to rate the ... About half (53%) of white evangelical Protestants now view Francis ... have a “very” or “mostly” favorable view of the pope, substantially ... Methodology can be found here.

www.nytimes.com/2016/01/26/world/europe/pope-francis-catholics-and-lutherans-will-recall-reformation.html

Jan 25, 2016 ... Business · Opinion ... On Monday, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis will ... The effort to mend relations with Protestants has been on the agenda of many ... the Scandinavian Lutherans have a greater affinity for the Catholic world ... “I wouldn't ever dare to allow this, because it's not my competence,” ...