Who is Pope Francis – and what will he mean for the Church and the world?


The election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as pope broke a number of precedents: the first pope from the New World, the first from the southern hemisphere, the first Jesuit and more. He has already proved himself a Pope of Surprises, but is he up to the job? Paul Vallely went to Argentina and Rome to find out.

Paul Vallely CMG is the author of one of the first biographies of Pope Francis. He is a policy and communications consultant to various development agencies and religious organisations. He writes on political, cultural, ethical and religious issues in the Independent, the Church Times, Third Way and Tablet.

Paul Vallely