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



Pope Francis’ General Audience – Sept 21, 2022
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On Wednesday, September 21, Pope Francis spoke at Saint Peter’s Square on the topic of his recent apostolic journey to Kazakhstan. Read the full text of his address to the general audience below:     GENERAL AUDIENCE Saint Peter’s Square Wednesday, 21 September 2022 Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! Last week, from Tuesday to Thursday, I ...read more
Pope Francis’ Address at the Conclusion of 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Religions
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  On Thursday, September 15, Pope Francis addressed the the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions at the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation in Nur-Sultan following the reading of a final declaration. He thanks leaders for the time they have taken to participate in this critical dialogue.   Read the full text of his address ...read more
Pope Francis’ Address to Bishops, Priests, Deacons, Consecrated Persons, Seminarians, and Pastoral Workers
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  On the morning of Thursday, September 15, during his apostolic visit to Kazakhstan, Pope Francis Pope spoke during a meeting with bishops, priests, deacons, consecrated persons, seminarians and pastoral workers at the cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Nur-Sultan, encouraging all to embrace their faith with joy.   Read the full text ...read more
Pope Francis’ Address to the VII Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions
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  On Wednesday, September 14, during his apostolic visit to Kazakhstan, Pope Francis addressed leaders of world and traditional faiths as they meet for the socio-spiritual development of humanity after the pandemic. He notes that he hopes the journey of religions may be increasingly marked by friendship.   Read the full text of the words ...read more
Pope Francis’ homily at the Expo grounds in Nur-Sultan
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  On Wednesday, September 14, the second day of his visit to Kazakhstan, Pope Francis participated in Mass at the Expo Grounds in Nur-Sultan, on the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Pope Francis speaks to the joyful witness of life we have as Christians by meditating upon the cross of Christ.   ...read more
Pope Francis’ address to authorities, civil society, and diplomatic corps
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On the morning of Tuesday, September 13, Pope Francis started his apostolic visit to Kazakhstan with a meeting with authorities, civil society, and diplomatic corps in Nur-Sultan. The Holy Father gave the following address:   Pope Francis’ address to authorities, civil society, and diplomatic corps Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan Tuesday, 13 September 2022   Mr President of ...read more
A telegram from the Holy Father to King Charles III on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
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To His Majesty the King Charles III Buckingham Palace London Deeply saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, I offer heartfelt condolences to Your Majesty, the Members of the Royal Family, the People of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. I willingly join all who mourn her loss in praying ...read more
Pope’s General Audience – Sept 7, 2022
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In today’s catechesis on discernment, Pope Francis reflects on the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the importance of listening to your heart. Read the full text below: Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! We are continuing our reflection on discernment – in this time we will speak every Wednesday about spiritual discernment – ...read more
Who is John Paul I? God’s Smile is Blessed
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Who is John Paul I? God’s Smile is Blessed It has been said that John Paul I’s pontificate was like a meteor that lights up the sky and quickly disappears. His election as pope was a source of joy after the heavy grief that accompanied the death of Saint Paul VI less than one month ...read more
Join us in prayer for the intentions entrusted to us by Pope Francis. For September 2022, we join the Holy Father in praying for: Abolition of the death penalty We pray that the death penalty, which attacks the dignity of the human person, may be legally abolished in every country. Click the video above to ...read more
Catechesis on Discernment: What does it mean to discern?
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In Pope Francis’ first catechesis on the theme of discernment, he reflects on the Gospel of Matthew and how discernment is shown as an exercise of intelligence that involves emotions. Read the full text below: Dear brothers and sisters, good day! Today we begin a new cycle of catechesis: we have finished the catechesis on ...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