Pope Gregory XVII
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|Bishop of Urceopolis|
Pope Gregory XVII as Archbishop of Alahuela in 2023
|Elected||1 December 2027|
|Predecessor||Pope Pius XIII|
|Ordination||24 November 1986|
|Consecration||1 June 1997 |
by Pope John Paul II
|Created Cardinal||14 April 2009 |
by Pope Clement XV
|Birth name||Gabriel Alencar Quintanilla|
|Born||3 August, 1964 |
Giulia, Alahuela, Cartadania
Pope Gregory XVII (Latin: Gregorius XVII; born Gabriel Alencar Quintanilla 3 August 1964) is the 269th and current Pope of the Catholic Church, a title he holds ex officio as Bishop of Urceopolis. The Pope is also the Sovereign of the Papal State.
Gabriel Alencar Quintanilla was born on 3 August 1964 in Alahuela's Giulia district. He is the eldest of the four children of Maria Alencar (1939-present) and Benício Quintanilla (1930-2024). Maria Alencar worked as an attorney in Alahuela for 40 years before retiring in 2009.She was born in Saint Tomás, Alexandria and currently resides in Alahuela. Benício Quintanilla, born in Cara County, Verona, served as a senator for Alahuela for 15 years before his death in 2024. Two of the pope's siblings, Aria Quintanilla and Alessandro Quintanilla, are millionaires, currently living in Charrice, Montecarlo. His youngest brother, Antônio Quintanilla, lives and works in Victoria County, Verona as the director of the Integrity Division of the Verona Department of Justice.
Quintanilla attended school in the City of Alahuela Public Schools system, where he attended Optima Primary School in his neighborhood for K-8. He also attended Saint Helena High School before graduating with an advanced studies diploma in 1982. He worked mostly in biochemistry at Maria Isonia University in Havana district (although he did not attend as a student), working on forensics and beginning to follow in the footsteps of his mother. In the late 1980s, he began to look into theology before deciding to study at the Collegium Scientificum in Urcea.