Pope Francis

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. ...



BLOGS ABOUT POPE FRANCIS



We join Pope Francis in praying for all those suffering from religious discrimination and persecution, that their own rights and dignity be recognized. ...read more
Pope Francis’ message for World Day of the Sick 2022
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For the 30th World Day of the Sick, Pope Francis reflects on our call to show mercy and on the witness of healthcare workers, missionaries, and Catholic hospitals. ...read more
Pope Francis’ homily for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
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Read the full text of Pope Francis' homily for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, and the 55th World Day of Peace on January 1, 2022. ...read more
Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi message for Christmas 2021
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Read the full text of Pope Francis' Christmas message "to the city and to the world" given on December 25, 2021, at the Vatican. ...read more
Pope Francis’ Christmas homily 2021
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Read the full text of the homily delivered by Pope Francis at Christmas Midnight Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on December 24, 2021. ...read more
Pope Francis in Greece: Meeting with young people
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Read the full text of Pope Francis' address during his meeting with young people in Athens on December 6, 2021. ...read more
Pope Francis in Greece: Holy Mass in Athens
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Read the full text of Pope Francis' homily at Mass in Athens on December 5, 2021, during his apostolic visit to Greece. ...read more
Pope Francis in Greece: Visit to the refugees on Lesbos
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Read the full text of Pope Francis' address during his visit to refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos on December 5, 2021. ...read more
Pope Francis in Greece: Meeting with bishops, priests, religious, consecrated persons, seminarians, and catechists
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Read the full text of Pope Francis' address to bishops, priests, religious, consecrated persons, seminarians, and catechists in Athens on December 4, 2021. ...read more
Pope Francis in Greece: Meeting with His Beatitude Hieronymos II
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Read the full text of Pope Francis' address to His Beatitude Hieronymos II, leader of the Orthodox Church of Greece, during his apostolic visit to Greece. ...read more
Pope Francis in Greece: Meeting with authorities, civil society, and the diplomatic corps
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Read the full text of Pope Francis' address to authorities, civil society, and the diplomatic corps in Athens during his apostolic visit to Greece. ...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

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