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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’ Homily for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
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Read the complete English translation of Pope Francis' homily for Vespers at the beginning of the 52nd Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. ...read more
Pope Francis’ Message for the 2019 World Day of the Sick
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Read Pope Francis' message, inspired by the generosity of St. Mother Teresa, for the 27th World Day of the Sick to be celebrated in Calcutta on 11 February. ...read more
Pope Francis Addresses Members of the Diplomatic Corps
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Read the full text of Pope Francis' words on multilateral diplomacy addressed to the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See. ...read more
Pope Francis’ Homily at Epiphany Mass
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Read the full official English-language translation of Pope Francis' homily for the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. ...read more
Pope Francis’ Homily for Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and the 52nd World Day of Peace
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Pope Francis’ Homily for Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and the 52nd World Day of Peace ...read more
"Urbi et Orbi" Address of Pope Francis for Christmas Day 2018
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At 12:00 noon today, Solemnity of the Lord’s Nativity, Pope Francis delivered his annual “Urbi et Orbi” address (to the city and the world) from the Central balcony of the Vatican Basilica. Before imparting the Blessing, the Pope addressed the traditional Christmas message to the faithful present in St Peter’s Square and to those who ...read more
Pope Francis’ Homily at the Christmas Mass at Night on the Solemnity of the Lord’s Birth – December 24, 2018
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Pope Francis’ Homily at the Christmas Mass at Night on the Solemnity of the Lord’s Birth – December 24, 2018 At 9:30 this evening in the Vatican Basilica, Pope Francis presided at the “Mass of the Night” on the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord 2018. During the celebration of the Eucharist, after the ...read more
Pope Francis in Piazza di Spagna: "I come to pay you homage"
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Read the prayer offered by Pope Francis before the statue of Mary in the Piazza di Spagna on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. ...read more
Join us in prayer for the intentions entrusted to us by Pope Francis. For November 2018, we join the Holy Father in praying that the language of love and dialogue may always prevail over the language of conflict. ...read more
Homily of Pope Francis for the Concluding Mass of the Synod
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Read the full text of the homily that Pope Francis gave at the concluding Mass of the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. ...read more
In this #TFI Moment, Franciscan Fr. Dan Horan explores how Pope Francis follows the example of his namesake: St. Francis of Assisi. ...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