In Their Own Words

PBS | 8:00 pm

Season 2 of this documentary profile series opens with an episode devoted to Pope Francis, whose story unfolds largely from the perspective of this religious leader himself, using direct quotations to understand actions and decisions at key points in his life. Born in 1936 Buenos Aires as Jorge Mario Bergoglio, he worked as a club bouncer and a janitor before studying to become a chemist. The episode highlights the experiences that led Bergoglio to the highest office in the Catholic Church as the first pope from outside Europe since the 8th century.