Pope Francis was bornon 17 December 1936 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Vatican City State, is Bishop of Rome, Roman Catholic Church. Pope Francis is #5 in Most Powerful People In The World. Pope Francis is the spiritual leader to nearly one-sixth of the world's population, 1.3 billion people. He has made it his personal mission to transform the longstanding conservative image of the Catholic Church. In November 2016 he gave priests the power to forgive women who undergo abortions, and has continued to push for climate change reform, better management of the global refugee crisis and greater attention to persecution of religious minorities in the Middle East. Still, Francis has kept some traditional aspects of the Church in place as well. Also in November, he affirmed a historical ban on female clergy members, despite pressure from progressive Catholics.