What is Pope Francis Net Worth ?
Pope Francis is the head of the Catholic Church, a position he has held since 2013. Pope Francis has a net worth of $100.
Notably, he is the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, and the first from outside of Europe since Gregory III in the 8th century. Although he maintains many of the traditional ideological positions of the Church, he has also been more progressive about such issues as gender parity, LGBTQ rights, and the economy.
The Pope does not have a salary. He has taken a vow of poverty and lives a modest life. That is not the case for all priests. Cardinals at the Vatican can receive monthly salaries of roughly $4,700 to $5,900.
Early Life and Education
Pope Francis was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on December 17, 1936, in Buenos Aires, Argentina as the oldest of five children of Regina and Italian immigrant accountant Mario. For his education, he went to Wilfrid Barón de los Santos Ángeles in the sixth grade; he then went to the technical secondary school Escuela Técnica Industrial N 27 Hipólito Yrigoyen, from which he graduated as a chemical technician.
As a young adult, Bergoglio worked as a bar bouncer and swept floors as a janitor. After receiving his chemical technician’s diploma, he spent a number of years working in the food section of the Hickethier-Bachmann Laboratory.
Theological Studies and Priesthood
After recovering from a major illness that required the excision of part of his lung, Bergoglio was inspired to join the Society of Jesus in 1958. As a Jesuit novice, he studied in Santiago, Chile; he then officially became a Jesuit in 1960. Also that year, Bergoglio earned a licentiate in philosophy from the Colegio Máximo de San José. He went on to teach psychology and literature at the Colegio de la Immaculada Concepción and at the Colegio del Salvador.
In 1967, Bergoglio started his theological studies at Facultades de Filosofía y Teología de San Miguel. Two years after this, he was ordained to the priesthood and served as the master of novices at the school. From 1973 to 1979, Bergoglio was Argentina’s Jesuit provincial superior. He later studied briefly at the Sankt Georgen Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology in Frankfurt, Germany, before returning to Argentina to become a spiritual director for the Córdoba Jesuit community.
Pre-Papal Episcopate and Cardinalate
In 1992, Bergoglio was named Auxiliary Bishop of Buenos Aires; in 1997, he became coadjutor archbishop, and the year after that, became metropolitan archbishop upon the passing of Cardinal Antonio Quarracino. In 2005, Bergoglio was elected president of the Argentina Episcopal Conference; he was re-elected three years later.
Bergoglio was created a cardinal in 2001 by Pope John Paul II. In this position, he developed a reputation for humility and social justice, as well as conservative doctrine. Significantly, Bergoglio led the Argentine Church during the December 2001 civil unrest in the country.
Following Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation in February 2013, Bergoglio was elected as head of the Catholic Church by a papal conclave. In honor of Saint Francis of Assisi, he chose the papal name, Francis. In the process, he made history by becoming the first-ever Jesuit pope, as well as the first from the Americas and the first from the Southern Hemisphere.
As the pope, Francis became known for his relatively less formal approach; notably, he declined to live in the official papal residence, instead of staying in the Vatican guest house. He also became noted for his pronounced global visibility, his devotion to helping the poor, and his embracing of interfaith discourse.