Pope Francis, born Jorge Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, was ordained a priest in 1969, became Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998, and became a cardinal in 2001 before he was elected to the papacy on March 13, 2013. The first pope from the Americas and the southern hemisphere, the religious leader — known for his ability to build bridges across all faiths and backgrounds—chose his papal name in honor of St Francis of Assisi.
Meet your guide and small group in San Telmo and make your way to the city center aboard a comfortable minivan. Start your tour at the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral that overlooks Plaza de Mayo. Considered the main Catholic church in Buenos Aires, the 16th-century cathedral was rebuilt several times in a mix of architectural styles. It was here that the Argentinean people waited to hear the designation of the successor to Pope Benedicto XVI.
You’ll become acquainted with the place where Bergoglio lived with his parents and siblings during his first years of life. Visit formative educational institutions, such as the College of Our Lady of Mercy and Universidad del Salvador, a Jesuit university. See where the pope took his sacraments and received his religious vocation, including Basilica of San José de Flores, where he devoted his life to God when he was just 17 years old.
In addition to educational and religious sites, your guide will take your small group to the San Lorenzo de Almagro Athletic Club, where you’ll learn about the pope’s love of futbol (soccer).