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The Secular Priest in the Thought of Pope Francis

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Pope Francis is a Jesuit and when future historians come to write about and assess his tenure as Bishop of Rome many will doubtless see his membership of the Society of Jesus as the defining factor in interpreting both his personality and his pontificate. Before entering the Jesuit noviciate in March 1958, Jorge Bergoglio had already spent three years in the diocesan seminary of Buenos Aires with a view to becoming a secular priest of his home diocese.

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