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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



Pope Francis sends a video message to participants of the World Government Summit in Dubai, encouraging them to work for the common good. ...read more
Join us in prayer for the intention entrusted to us by Pope Francis. For February 2019, we join the Holy Father in praying for: Human Trafficking. ...read more
Homily of Pope Francis on last day in Abu Dhabi
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On the final day of his Apostolic Journey to the UAE, Pope Francis celebrated Mass in Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi. Read the full text of his homily here. ...read more
Pope Francis’ Homily for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and 23rd World Day for Consecrated Life
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Pope Francis' Homily for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and 23rd World Day for Consecrated Life ...read more
On the anniversary of Quebec’s mosque attack, let’s build a “culture of encounter”
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On this 2nd anniversary of the Quebec mosque attack, Sebastian Gomes reflects on the importance of interfaith dialogue and building a culture of encounter. ...read more
WYD Panama 2019: Pope Francis speaks to WYD volunteers
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Read the words of thanks that Pope Francis offered to the volunteers of WYD Panama 2019 for their love, their service, and their sacrifices. ...read more
WYD Panama 2019: Pope Francis speaks to HIV patients
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Read this reflection on the Good Samaritan given by Pope Francis to young people suffering from HIV and those who care for them. ...read more
WYD Panama 2019: Homily of Pope Francis at Concluding Mass
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At the Concluding Mass of WYD, Pope Francis speaks of the "now of God" and challenges pilgrims to accept God's invitation to love and be loved now. ...read more
WYD Panama 2019: Pope Francis’ address at the Saturday Prayer Vigil
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Pope Francis encourages pilgrims at WYD in Panama to have the courage to say "yes" with Mary and to take part in God's love story in this world. ...read more
Pope Francis’ Homily at Mass of Dedication of the Altar of the Cathedral Basilica of Santa Maria la Antigua in Panama
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Pope Francis urges priests, consecrated people, and lay movements of Panama to look to Christ as their hope during his homily in the cathedral. ...read more
WYD Panama 2019: Pope Francis’ address during the Way of the Cross
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Read this powerful meditation given by Pope Francis at the Way of the Cross liturgy during World Youth Day 2019 in Panama. ...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