Jorge Bergoglio - Pope Francis

1936-

Jorge BergoglioJorge Bergolio is the birthname of Pope Francis. He is the first pope to take the name of Francis, the first Jesuit pope and the first pope from Latin America. He is determined to raise up those who have been marginalized—the poor, the rejected, the sinners, the downtrodden. “My people are poor and I am one of them,” he has said more than once, explaining his decision to live in an apartment and cook his own supper. He has always advised his priests to show mercy and apostolic courage and to keep their doors open to everyone. The worst thing that could happen to the Church, he has said on various occasions, “is what de Lubac called spiritual worldliness,” which means, “being self-centered.” And when he speaks of social justice, he calls people first of all to pick up the Catechism, to rediscover the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes. His project is simple: if you follow Christ, you understand that “trampling upon a person’s dignity is a serious sin.” In this way, his views align perfectly with our mission to instill our students and other members of the SHU community with a deep sense of the Catholic intellectual tradition and its emphasis on social justice.