Pope Francis

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in December 1936 as Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis is pope of the Catholic Church and Sovereign of the Vatican City State. He was elected by a papal conclave on March 13, 2013 following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on February 28, 2013. 

Pope Francis meets Al-Azhar's Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb during the Al-Azhar International peace conference at Cairo, Egypt as the pontiff arrived for a two-day visit. Photo: Reuters.

Pope Francis calls for tolerance in visit to Egypt

Pope Francis urged tolerance and denounced “demagogic” populism and violence committed in God’s name on Friday as he visited Egypt to promote dialogue with Muslims and support its embattled Christian minority.