Pope Francis Never Really Wanted to Be Pope

He also told the kids that his decision to become priest had been difficult for him and that he had suffered “moments of interior darkness.”

On March 13, 2013, Pope Francis emerged from the balcony at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Vatican City as the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

Born Jorge Bergoglio, Pope Francis served as the Archbishop of the Argentinian capital since 1998, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 2001. Born to Italian immigrant parents, Pope Francis hails from Buenos Aires and is, according to CNN, a follower of the church's most conservative wing.