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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



Watch this video message by Pope Francis expressing his excitement about his upcoming visit to Ireland and the importance of the WMOF in Dublin. ...read more
Christ at the Heart of the Family: Chapter Three of Amoris Laetitia
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The key to Christian marriage is the love of God at its centre. Read Julian Paparella's reflection on chapter 3 of Amoris Laetitia. ...read more
Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to the People of God
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Read the full text of Pope Francis' letter on the evils of sexual abuse and the responsibility of the entire Church to seek forgiveness and to change. ...read more
"We all are in this boat together" : A Reflection on the Current Crisis in the Church
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Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., reflects on the current crisis in the Church, the Vatican's response, and how we can learn from this in the future. ...read more
For Cindy Wooden, a distinguished Vatican journalist, Pope Francis is a dream and a nightmare. Watch this #TFImoment to find out why! ...read more
Proposing the Positive and the Pastoral: Chapter Two of Amoris Laetitia
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What challenges does the modern family face? What is the Church's role in its encounter with families? Julian Paparella explores ch 2 of Amoris Laetitia. ...read more
Andrés McKinley, one of the strategic minds behind the anti-mining movement in El Salvador, shares the impact of Pope Francis among the people. ...read more
Between Two Trinities: Chapter One of Amoris Laetitia
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Julian Paparella explores the idea of the human family as a reflection of the Trinity, as expressed in the beginning of Pope Francis' Amoris Laetitia. ...read more
Pope Francis, the death penalty, and the development of doctrine
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Pope Francis has just authorized an update to the Church's teaching on the death penalty. Why is the development of doctrine so necessary? ...read more
Join us in prayer for the intentions entrusted to us by Pope Francis. For July 2018, we join the Holy Father in praying for: Evangelization. ...read more
Pope Francis' homily for the <br>Solemnity of SS. Peter and Paul
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Read the full text of Pope Francis' homily for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. ...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