We call him Holy Father. He was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Among his many titles, he is also the first Jesuit pope and the first pope from the Americas. However, Fortune magazine named Pope Francis number 4 on their list of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” in 2016. Beating him to the top spots were Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (1), German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2) and Leader of Myanmar National League for Democracy Aung Suu Kyi (3). Let’s face it though, Pope Francis wasn’t even trying.
Fortune called 2016 “the year of Pope Francis the diplomat.” He was credited in playing a crucial role in the deal between the U.S. and Cuba, due to his letters to both presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro. His unrelenting advocacy for many causes has made him very popular with millions of followers on Twitter and Instagram. Even my teenage niece is a fan, and a Twitter follower.
In honor of Saint Francis of Assisi, his name is befitting as he has been commended for his concern for the poor and the environment. Magazines and news outlets have given him many different names though. The most interesting I saw was the Washington Post calling him a “Twitter star,” which is not exactly the title over a billion Catholics would use to describe His Holiness.