Thursday, March 14, 2013

First non-European Pope is of Cisalpine descent

Pope Francis (Wikipedia)

Pope Francis (Latin: Franciscus Ecclesiastical Latin: [franˈtʃiskus]; born Jorge Mario Bergoglio; 17 December 1936) is the 266th and current pope of the Catholic Church, elected on 13 March 2013. As such, he is both head of the Church and Sovereign of the Vatican City State.

A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, he was ordained as a priest in 1969. In 1998 he became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, and in 2001 a cardinal. Following the resignation of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, on 28 February 2013, the conclave elected Bergoglio, who chose the papal name Francis in honour of Saint Francis of Assisi. He is both the first Jesuit pope and the first pope from the Americas. He is also the first pope from outside Europe since Pope Gregory III in the 8th century.

Early life

Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires, one of the five children of Mario José Bergoglio, a railway worker born in Portacomaro (Asti) in Italy's Piedmont region, and his wife Regina María Sivori, a housewife born in Buenos Aires to a family of northern Italian (Piedmontese-Genovese) origin. He graduated from a technical secondary school as a chemical technician and then, at the age of 21, decided to become a priest.



Etrusco-Umbro-Gallic said...

I knew he was Piedmontese the moment they pronounced his surname on the news.

But, come to think of it, he follows a long line of Cisalpine popes. Something like 90% of the popes from the 15th century on were either from Rome or somewhere north of it.

The popes who initiated and concluded Second Vatican were Bergamasque and Bresan, respectively.

The second pope(after Peter) was supposedly an Etruscan from Volterra.

Camunlynx said...

Interesting. I'll have to look that up. An interesting choice.

Etrusco-Umbro-Gallic said...

Yeah, maybe the next article I submit should be about noteworthy individuals of the Roman era hailing from Cisalpine Gaul and Central Italy(well, except for Lazio because most of the Italian elites were Latin and we know about most of them anyways).