María Elena Bergoglio: Who Is Pope Francis’ Sister?

María Elena Bergoglio is the sister of the head of the Catholic Church Pope Francis. María’s brother Pope Francis has been sovereign of the Vatican City State since 13 March 2013. His actual name is Jorge Mario Bergoglio but he chose Francis as his papal name in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi.

María Elena Bergoglio: Bio Summary

Name María Elena Bergoglio
Born 1948
Age 74 years old as of 2022
Gender Female
Birthplace Buenos Aires, Argentina
Famous assister of Pope Francis
Parents Mario José Bergoglio and Regina Maria Sivori
Siblings Oscar Adrian Bergoglio, Pope Francis, Marta Regina Bergoglio, and Alberto Bergoglio

Early Life Of María Elena Bergoglio

María Elena Bergoglio was born in the year 1948, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her age is 74 as of 2022. Her parents are Mario José Bergoglio and Regina Maria Sivori. Her father was an Italian immigrant accountant who was born in Portacomaro (Province of Asti) in Italy’s Piedmont region.

María Elena Bergoglio’s mother was a housewife born in Buenos Aires to a family of northern Italian (Piedmontese-Genoese) origin. María is one of the five children of her parents. Her siblings are Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Pope Francis), Alberto Horacio Bergoglio, Oscar Adrian Bergoglio, and Marta Regina Bergoglio.

María Elena Bergoglio’s siblings Alberto Horacio, Oscar Adrián, and Marta Regina are all deceased. Pope Francis is María’s only sibling that is still alive. María’s mother Regina María died on January 08, 1981, at age 69, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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María Elena Bergoglio’s father Mario José died in 1959, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at age 50-51. The high schools and colleges María attended are not available.

Career Of María Elena Bergoglio

María Elena Bergoglio has not revealed details of her career. She is certainly making her own money independently but her source of income is unknown. The field in which she is working is not known to the public. She is the only living sibling of Pope Francis.

Pope Francis initially worked as a bouncer, and janitor and trained to be a chemist. He worked as a technician in a food science laboratory. He joined the Society of Jesus and became the first pope to be a member of the Society of Jesus, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first pope from outside Europe since Gregory III.

Pope Francis eventually got ordained a Catholic priest and from 1973 to 1979 was the Jesuit provincial superior in Argentina. He became the archbishop of Buenos Aires. He is the head of the Catholic Church.

Personal Life Of María Elena Bergoglio

María Elena Bergoglio is believed to be a married woman although details of her marriage are not available online. There isn’t any information about her spouse or children on the internet. María has been very supportive of her brother Pope Francis.

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At a time when rumors started spreading that Pope Francis became a priest just because a young love rejected his marriage proposal, Maria Elena debunked the rumors. She made it clear that her brother was young at that time and the idea of getting married was never serious.

Also, some critics made claims that Pope Francis had been complicit in Argentina’s military junta. María Elena Bergoglio made it clear that the allegations against her brother, Pope Francis that said he had turned a blind eye to the brutal rule of Argentina’s military junta in the 1970s and early 1980s are false.

Maria Elena stated that her family emigrated from Italy because their father was opposed to fascism, the clear suggestion being that Pope Francis wouldn’t betray his father’s memory by cozying up to dictators.

Ruth Kai Botchway

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