The Changes Brought On The Catholic Church

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The Changes Brought About to the Catholic Church by Pope Francis Roman Catholicism has long been seen as one of the most unwelcoming religions to date. With its strict guidelines and little to no forgiveness, the church is sometimes feared by other religious groups around the globe. Though lately, there seems to be promise being brought to the Catholic religion. The election of the 266th pope, Pope Francis, has ushered in extensive change for both Catholicism and the way it is perceived by non-Catholics. These reforms of the current pope, although many are controversial, drive the public to believe the church is becoming more open-minded and less austere in its manner.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born on December 17, 1936 in Buenos Aires, Argentina (Pope Francis Biography). After graduating high school, he attended the University of Buenos Aires before beginning training at the Jesuit seminary of Villa Devoto (Pope Francis Biography). Bergoglio went on to earn a degree in philosophy from the Philosophical and Theological Faculty of San Miguel and a doctorate in theology in Freiburg, Germany (Pope Francis Biography). He served as both archbishop and cardinal for more than twelve years prior to being elected Pope (Pope Francis Biography). Bergoglio was named the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church on March 13, 2013 at the age of 76 (Pope Francis Biography). Encyclopedia Britannica declares that he is “the first pope from the Western Hemisphere, the first from South
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