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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’ Urbi et Orbi message for Easter Sunday
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"Before the many sufferings of our time, may the Lord of life not find us cold and indifferent. May he make us builders of bridges, not walls." Read Pope Francis' Easter greeting. ...read more
Pope Francis’ homily at the Easter Vigil in St. Peter’s Basilica
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Read the full text of Pope Francis' homily at the Easter Vigil in St. Peter's Basilica. ...read more
The crosses of the world: Pope Francis’ Good Friday prayer
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Read this prayer offered by Pope Francis at the conclusion of the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum in Rome on Good Friday. ...read more
Pope Francis’ homily for Palm Sunday
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Read the full text of Pope Francis' homily for Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square. ...read more
Pope Francis speaks to South Sudanese Leaders
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Read the full text of Pope Francis' address to civil and religious leaders of South Sudan, urging them to bring peace and healing to their people. ...read more
My top 10 favourite quotes from the new Apostolic Exhortation “Christ Lives”
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Do you have a favourite quote from Pope Francis' new exhortation? Allyson Kenny shares ten quotes that touched her heart the most. ...read more
Here are the stories that we bring you on today’s episode of Perspectives Daily: A quick summary of the contents of the new papal document, Christus Vivit, or in English, “Christ Lives”. S+L’s Rome correspondent, Matteo Ciofi, brings us an interview with Mons. Fabio Fabene, Undersecretary of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, about the ...read more
Here are the stories that we bring you on today’s episode of Perspectives Daily: Recapping highlights of the pope’s trip to Morocco: On Saturday the pope met with migrants at a Caritas centre, many of whom journey to the country in hopes of eventually settling in Europe. Catholic News Service brings us some images from the pope’s ...read more
Pope Francis’ Homily at Rabat Mass
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Read the full text of Pope Francis' homily on the parable of the prodigal son and the ever abundant mercy of God during Sunday Mass in Rabat, Morocco. ...read more
Pope Francis meets with Clergy, Religious, and Ecumenical Council of Churches in Morocco
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"For being a Christian is not about adhering to a doctrine, or a temple or an ethnic group. Being Christian is about an encounter." Read the full text of Pope Francis' address in Rabat Cathedral. ...read more
Pope Francis speaks to migrants at Caritas in Rabat
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Read the full text of Pope Francis' speech to migrants at the Caritas centre in Rabat during his two-day Apostolic Journey to Morocco. ...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