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POPE FRANCIS 5TH ANNIVERSARY

Five years ago Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church. In so many ways, Francis has been a pope of firsts: the first Latin American; the first Jesuit; the first pope to take the name Francis after the free-spirited saint of the medieval period. Pope Francis is simple, joyful and spontaneous; personal qualities that appeal beyond the Catholic community, touching the hearts of all people of genuine good will.

But the novelties of the past five years are only reflections of the deeper ecclesial revolution Francis has inaugurated. He wants a “church of the poor,” “bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets,” a “field hospital” capable of healing wounds, and a “loving mother” who “never condemns anyone,” but “pours out the balm of mercy,” which is the “greatest of all Christian virtues,” and “the very name of God.” More than anything, the pontificate of Francis has revealed again in our time, the simple yet revolutionary message of the love of God made manifest in Jesus Christ who died and rose from the dead.

Happy Anniversary Pope Francis!

TIMELINE OF
THE 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF POPE FRANCIS

So much has happened over the five-year pontificate of Pope Francis, it’s easy to forget how new and exciting it felt from the beginning! Here’s a timeline of the major developments in the life and ministry of Pope Francis, beginning with that unforgettable night he walked out on the balcony…

WEBPAGES ABOUT POPE FRANCIS





THE FRANCIS EFFECT

The Francis Effect takes a critical and in-depth look at how an ancient institution is rapidly changing under the leadership and vision of Pope Francis, and exclusive interviews with prominent Catholics and non-Catholics reveal that Francis is having a profound effect on the world as well.



FRANCIS @ FIVE

Pope Francis is celebrating five years as head of the Catholic Church. To mark this anniversary, two leading Catholics, a journalist and a theologian, voiced their conflicting opinions on the legacy of Pope Francis’ controversial pontificate.



LAUDATO SI

on June 18, 2015, Pope Francis released an encyclical on ecology entitled, “Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home.” Prior to the public release, the Holy Father sent the encyclical to all Bishops around the world with a handwritten note...



SYNOD OF BISHOPS 2015

The 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and the Contemporary World focused largely on the family, language and church teaching.



PAPAL TRANSITION 2013

Pope Benedict XVI, 85, who has been considered a guardian of the faith, upholding the traditional teachings of the church leading the clergy in the defense of the faith, announced February 11, 2013 he is resigning as Bishops of Rome and Pope effective at the end of the month. ...



COMING SOON

BLOGS ABOUT POPE FRANCIS



The Chilean crisis: Lessons on reform and leadership from Pope Francis
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Sebastian Gomes talks about and reflects on a new and complex story with far-reaching implications. Read his reflection: 'The Chilean crisis: Lessons on reform and leadership from Pope Francis.' ...read more
Homily of Pope Francis for the Solemnity of Pentecost
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Read the full text of Pope Francis' Homily in commemoration of the Solemnity of Pentecost. The Holy Father gives us his thoughts and words on this celebration of new life. ...read more
Pope Francis’ Message for The 52nd World Day of Communications
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Read Pope Francis' Message for the 52nd World Day of Communications. Jan 24. He will be focusing on the overarching theme of "fake news." What is so "fake" about fake news? Full Text below. ...read more
Salt+Light’s Top 5 Favorite Pope Francis Quotes on Pro-Life
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In regards to the March for Life in Ottawa today (March 10), here are some of Salt+Light's Top 5 Favorite Pope Francis Quotes on Pro-Life from throughout the years. ...read more
Text of Pope Francis’ preface of Benedict’s works: A compass to Understand our Present day
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Read the full text of Pope Francis’ preface of Benedict’s works: A compass to Understand our Present day. Curtesy of Aleteia Magazine. ...read more
Marching for a clear, firm and passionate defense of <br> ALL human life
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Read Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B's reflection on being pro-life and the March for life: Marching for a clear, firm and passionate defense of ALL human life. ...read more
An odd couple: Trudeau government, meet the Catholic opponents of Pope Francis
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Sebastian Gomes reflects on how Trudeau's Government and the Catholic opponents of Pope Francis are similar, bringing forth a view many of us would never expect. ...read more
Join us in prayer for the intentions entrusted to us by Pope Francis. For May 2018, we join the Holy Father in praying for: Evangelization – The Mission of Laity. ...read more
Video of the Ceremony of Canonization for John Paul II and John XXIII
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Watch the video of the Ceremony of Canonization for John Paul II and John XXIII as we celebrate the 4th year anniversary of their canonization. ...read more
S+L'S Top 10 Favorite Quotes from  Gaudete et Exsultate
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Read S+L'S Top 10 Favorite Quotes from Pope Francis' New document Gaudete et Exsultate: On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World. ...read more
Understanding Gaudete et Exsultate
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Today, Pope Francis released a new papal document - Gaudete et Exsultate: On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World. The Latin title, Rejoice and Be Glad, comes from Matthew 5:12, part of the Sermon on the Mount - Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven. The Sermon on the Mount figures heavily into the document, providing a sort of 'roadmap' to holiness. Here are a few points to ...read more

VIDEOS



Pope Francis 5th Anniversary: Innovation in Continuity

Christian Culture Series: Fr. Thomas Rosica
What really happened at the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops?

Witness Interview: Sebastian Gomes

Cardinal Donald Wuerl on The Francis Effect

Fr. Thomas Rosica on The Francis Effect

Christian Culture Series: Fr. Thomas Rosica
The Pope, The Synod and the Response of Mercy

Diane Sawyer on The Francis Effect

Fr. Matt Malone on The Francis Effect

Hopes and Challenges: A Conversation on the Papacy of Francis

Moving Forward: From Benedict to Francis