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Rev. David Orique, O.P., professor of Latin American Studies, discusses the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as Pope Francis.

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires has been elected the 266th pope of the Catholic Church, taking the name Pope Francis. He is the first Latin American pope to lead the church, as well as the first Jesuit.The 76-year-old Cardinal was chosen as the new Pontiff by his fellow cardinals on March 13, 2013.  

Latin America is home to the largest number of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, with Brazil and Mexico having the largest Catholic populations.

Preparations are underway in the Vatican for the inaugural mass of Pope Francis, which will take place on March 19, 2013.

Rev. David Orique, O.P. is a professor of Latin American Studies at Providence College and can provide analysis on the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, as the next Pope. To speak with him directly, please contact Chrissy Centazzo at (401)-340-5710, or


Meet Our Expert:


Rev. David Orique, O.P., Ph.D.,
assistant professor of history and Latin American Studies;
Teaching at PC since 2011
  • Latin American History: Colonial and Modern
  • Spanish and Portuguese Conquest and Colonization of the Americas
  • Iberian Atlantic World
  • Christianity and Religion in the Americas
  • Human Rights
  • Bartolomé de Las Casas, O.P.
Selected Courses Taught:
  • Colonial Latin America
  • Modern Latin America 
Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs and Community Relations Coordinator
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