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' homily for Divine Mercy Sunday
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Read the full text of Pope Francis' homily given on Divine Mercy Sunday at the Church of Santo Spirito in Sassia, a church in Rome. ...read more
Urbi et Orbi message for Easter Sunday from Pope Francis
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Read the full text of Pope Francis' Easter message "to the city and to the world" given on April 12, 2020, at the Vatican. ...read more
Pope Francis' homily at the Easter Vigil
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Read the full text of the homily delivered by Pope Francis at the Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica on April 11, 2020. ...read more
Pope Francis' homily for Holy Thursday
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Read the full text of Pope Francis' homily given in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican during the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday 2020. ...read more
Creativity and prophecy are the hallmarks of a Christian in this time of pandemic
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Read this reflection on Austen Ivereigh's new interview with Pope Francis and how we are called to approach this time of crisis with creativity. ...read more
COVID-19 epidemic: What has the Vatican done so far?
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Pope Francis and others at the Vatican have been taking practical measures to help those affected by COVID-19. Matteo gives us the view from Rome. ...read more
Pope Francis’ homily for Palm Sunday
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Read the full text of the homily given by Pope Francis for Palm Sunday 2020 in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. ...read more
We publish below the text of the Video Message that the Holy Father Francis sent, as we approach the beginning of Holy Week, as a sign of closeness to Italian families and the world in this time of pandemic: ...read more
Pope Francis' "urbi et orbi" homily for a world in pandemic
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Read the full text of the homily given by Pope Francis before the extraordinary "urbi et orbi" blessing for a world suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic. ...read more
Celebrating 7 years of Pope Francis
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Today is the seventh anniversary of the election of Pope Francis. Matteo Ciofi reflects on what his pontificate has meant for the Church and for the world. ...read more
Why <i>Querida Amazonia</i> is a document for everyone
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Pope Francis' new apostolic exhortation, Querida Amazonia, is addressed to the whole world. So what's in it for me? Read this blog to find out. ...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