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File photo of Argentine Cardinal Bergoglio washing the feet of a woman on Holy Thursday.

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The life of Pope Francis

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was elected to lead the Catholic Church following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. 

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In this 1966 photo released by the El Salvador School, Argentine seminarian Jorge Mario Bergoglio smiles for a portrait at the El Salvador school where he taught literature and psychology in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bergoglio was elected pope on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, making him the first pope ever from the Americas. Bergoglio, who was born in 1936, chose the name Pope Francis.

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In this undated picture released by journalist Sergio Rubin, then priest Jorge Mario Bergoglio, second from left in back row, poses for a picture with his family in an unknown location. Bergoglio, who took the name of Pope Francis, was elected on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. Top row, from left to right, his brother Alberto Horacio, Bergoglio, his brother Oscar Adrian and his sister Marta Regina. Bottom row, from left to right, his sister Maria Elena, his mother Regina Maria Sivori and his father Mario Jose Bergoglio.

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ARGENTINE NEW CARDINAL BERGOGLIO KISSES POPE JOHN PAUL II DURING A CONSISTORY CEREMONY.

New Argentine cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio kisses Pope John Paul II after he received the red berretta, a four-cornered red hat, during the Consistory ceremony in Saint Peter's Square on Feb. 21, 2001.

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File photo of Argentine Cardinal Bergoglio washing the feet of a woman on Holy Thursday.

The archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, washes the feet of a unidentified woman on Holy Thursday at the Buenos Aires' Sarda maternity hospital on March 24, 2005.

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Pope Benedict XVI meets Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, on Jan. 13, 2007.

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In this 2008 photo, Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, second from left, travels on the subway in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bergoglio, named pope on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, was known for taking the subway and mingling with the poor of Buenos Aires while archbishop. Bergoglio chose the name Pope Francis and is the first pope ever from the Americas.

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Image: File photo of Archbishop of Buenos Aires Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio greeting worshippers, in the Buenos Aires neighbourhood of Liniers

Cardinal Bergoglio greets worshippers in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Liniers on Aug. 7, 2009.

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Argentine Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio draws the cross on the forehead of a believer during a Mass for Ash Wednesday on Feb. 13, 2013, at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires.

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Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, leads a Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Feb. 14, 2013. Cardinal Bergoglio was named leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics on March 13, 2013, after being elected pope. He will be known as Pope Francis I.

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Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, leaves the Synod Hall after the last Congregation, Vatican City, on March 11, 2013.

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Pope Francis I appears on the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City. Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the 266th Pontiff and will lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.

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Pope Francis delivers his blessing to the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, March 13, 2013. Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who chose the name of Pope Francis, is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.

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Image: Newly elected Pope Francis I, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, checks out of the church-run residence where he had been staying in Rome

Newly elected Pope Francis I, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, checks out of the church-run residence March 14, 2013 where he had been staying in Rome. Pope Francis returned on Thursday to the Church-run residence where he was staying before becoming pontiff, and insisted on paying the bill, despite now effectively being in charge of the business, the Vatican said.

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Pope Francis, second right, celebrates his inaugural Mass with cardinals, inside the Sistine Chapel, at the Vatican, on March 14, 2013.

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