PHOTOS: Before He Was Pope Francis, He Was Jorge Mario Bergoglio

Francis (born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 17 December 1936) is the 266th and current Pope of the Catholic Church having been elected Bishop of Rome and absolute Sovereign of Vatican City.

Throughout his life, both as an individual and as a religious leader, Bergoglio has been noted for his humility, his concern for the poor, and his commitment to dialogue as a way to build bridges between people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and faiths.

He is known for having a simpler and less formal approach to the papacy, most notably by choosing to reside in the Domus Sanctae Marthae guesthouse rather than the papal apartments of the Apostolic Palace formerly used by his predecessors.

In addition, he is known for favoring simpler vestments void of ornamentation, by starting to refuse the traditional papal mozzetta cape upon his election and choosing silver instead of gold for both his piscatory ring and pectoral cross.

Here are 10 photos of Jorge Mario Bergoglio before he became Pope Francis.

PHOTOS: Before He Was Pope Francis, He Was Jorge Mario Bergoglio

PHOTOS: Before He Was Pope Francis, He Was Jorge Mario Bergoglio

PHOTOS: Before He Was Pope Francis, He Was Jorge Mario Bergoglio

PHOTOS: Before He Was Pope Francis, He Was Jorge Mario Bergoglio

PHOTOS: Before He Was Pope Francis, He Was Jorge Mario Bergoglio

PHOTOS: Before He Was Pope Francis, He Was Jorge Mario Bergoglio

PHOTOS: Before He Was Pope Francis, He Was Jorge Mario Bergoglio

PHOTOS: Before He Was Pope Francis, He Was Jorge Mario Bergoglio

PHOTOS: Before He Was Pope Francis, He Was Jorge Mario Bergoglio

PHOTOS: Before He Was Pope Francis, He Was Jorge Mario Bergoglio

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