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Pope Francis, the first man in the modern era from outside Europe to lead the Catholic Church, prizes compassion, humility and simplicity - so much that he gave up his chauffeur in Argentina and took the bus to work.
Pope Francis is the first pope to be a member of the Society of Jesus, a Catholic order founded in the 16th century by St. Ignatius Loyola. Its members, known as Jesuits, take a vow of poverty and are known for their work among the poor and their scholarship.
As Archbishop, Jorge Mario Bergoglio had the option to live in a palace but chose a simple apartment, according to the National Catholic Reporter. He gave up a limousine for the bus, and cooks his own meals.
In the first act of his papacy, he chose the name Francis, becoming the namesake of St. Francis of Assisi, who gave up his riches and chose a life of poverty and prayer.