Follow the educational and religious path made by Jorge Bergoglio before he became Pope Francis! On this 3-hour tour in Buenos Aires, birthplace of the current pope, you’ll visit all of the formative places that shaped his character, from schools to churches — and even a sports club. This tour is for participants of any age who want to know more about the background of this historical world religious leader. Numbers are limited to 20 people, ensuring an intimate experience with a small group.
Pope Francis, born Jorge Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, was ordained a priest in 1969, became Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998, and became a cardinal in 2001 before he was elected to the papacy on March 13, 2013. The first pope from the Americas and the southern hemisphere, the religious leader — known for his ability to build bridges across all faiths and backgrounds—chose his papal name in honor of St Francis of Assisi. Meet your guide and small group in San Telmo and make your way to the city center aboard a comfortable minivan. Start your tour at the place where Bergoglio lived with his
parents and siblings during his first years of life. Visit formative
educational institutions, such as the College of Our Lady of Mercy and
Universidad del Salvador, a Jesuit university. See where the pope took
his sacraments and received his religious vocation, including Basilica
of San José de Flores, where he devoted his life to God when he was just
17 years old. In addition to educational and religious sites, your guide will take
your small group to the San Lorenzo de Almagro Athletic Club, where
you’ll learn about the pope’s love of futbol (soccer). Continue your tour to the San Ignacio de Loyola Church and then to the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral, which
overlooks Plaza de Mayo. Considered the main Catholic church in Buenos
Aires, the 16th-century cathedral was rebuilt several times in a mix of
architectural styles. It was here that the Argentinean people waited to
hear the designation of the successor to Pope Benedicto XVI.