Pope Francis was born in Argentina in 1936 to Italian immigrants. He joined the Jesuits in 1958 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1969. He became the Jesuit Provincial in 1973. He received his doctorate in theology in 1986. He served as rector at his seminary from 1980 to 1986. He became a Bishop in 1992 and Archbishop of Buenos Aries in 1998. He became a Cardinal in 2001. He became Pope in 2013 when Pope Benedict XVI retired. http://www.biography.com/people/pope-francis-21152349
His rise was typical, but his life was consumed by contending with political chaos and economic decline that raged in Argentina from 1930 to 1989. Political coups occurred in 1930, 1943, 1955, 1962, 1966 and 1976. Argentina’s economy peaked in 1910 and began to decline and that decline never stopped.
He was accustomed to government corruption and in reaction to growing poverty due to economic decline. He missed the point that part of the corruption was due to the decline of the private sector property rights and the adoption of socialist policies.