Mario Jose Bergoglio: Is Pope Francis’ Father Still Alive?

Mario Jose Bergoglio

Mario Jose Bergoglio is the father of Pope Francis. Mario’s son Pope Francis’ worked as a bouncer and a janitor, join the Society of Jesus, and became ordained a Catholic priest. Due to Pope Francis’ fame and achievements, his parents are among the most searched topics on the internet.

Mario Jose Bergoglio: Bio Summary

Name Mario Jose Bergoglio
Date of birth April 02, 1908
Died 1959
Famous asfather of Pope Francis
Parents Giovanni Angelo Bergoglio and Rosa Margherita Vassallo
Spouse Regina Maria Sivori
Children María Elena Bergoglio, Oscar Adrian Bergoglio, Pope Francis, Marta Regina Bergoglio, and Alberto Bergoglio
Occupation Railway worker

Is Pope Francis’ Father Still Alive?

Pope Francis’ father Mario Jose Bergoglio is not alive. He died in the year 1959, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He died at the age of 51 years. What caused his death is unknown. He was born on April 02, 1908, in Turin, Turin, Piedmont, Italy.

Mario Jose Bergoglio’s parents are Giovanni Angelo Bergoglio and Rosa Margherita Vassallo. There isn’t much information about how his childhood went and where he attended school. He was an Italian immigrant accountant and a railway worker.

Mario Jose Bergoglio married Regina María Sívori who was born in Buenos Aires to a family of northern Italian (Piedmontese-Genoese) origin. They got married on 12 December 1935 in Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina. Regina became a housewife who was committed and dedicated to looking after the home.

Mario Jose Bergoglio’s family left Italy in 1929 to escape the fascist rule of Benito Mussolini. Mario Jose and Regina Maria produced five children. Their children are Pope Francis, María Elena Bergoglio, Oscar Adrian Bergoglio, Marta Regina Bergoglio, and Alberto Bergoglio.

Also Read: Regina Maria Sivori: What Happened To Pope Francis’ Mother?

Out of the five children, it is only Pope Francis and María Elena Bergoglio that are still living. Alberto Horacio, Oscar Adrián, and Marta Regina have all passed away. Mario Jose’s son Pope Francis is known as the head of the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis has been sovereign of the Vatican City State. He is 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.

Mario Jose Bergoglio’s son Pope Francis, is an outspoken person. He has made it known that he prefers the church should be open and welcoming for members of the LGBT community. According to Pope Francis, “if a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?”

Pope Francis disclosed that same-sex marriage “disfigures God’s plan for creation.” He has advised parents of gay children to support their children instead of condemning them. He spoke in unscripted comments at his weekly audience about difficulties that parents can face in raising offspring.

Also Read: María Elena Bergoglio: Who Is Pope Francis’ Sister?

Pope Francis revealed that the issues included “parents who see different sexual orientations in their children and how to handle this, how to accompany their children, and not hide behind an attitude of condemnation”. He said gays have a right to be accepted by their families.

Pope Francis noted that while the Church cannot accept same-sex marriage, it can support civil union laws aimed at giving gay partners joint rights in areas of pensions and health care, and inheritance issues. He said, “If a homosexual couple wants to lead a life together, the state has the possibility to give them safety, stability, inheritance.”

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Ruth Kai Botchway

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