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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



Join us in prayer for the intentions entrusted to us by Pope Francis. For July 2018, we join the Holy Father in praying for: Evangelization. ...read more
Pope Francis' homily for the <br>Solemnity of SS. Peter and Paul
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Read the full text of Pope Francis' homily for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. ...read more
Pope Francis' homily for the new cardinals
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Read the full text of Pope Francis' homily during the consistory for the creation of new cardinals on Thursday, June 28, 2018. ...read more
On June 28th, Pope Francis will hold a consistory for the creation of new cardinals. Watch the event here LIVE on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at 9:55 am ET. ...read more
Pope Francis' homily at Mass in Geneva
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Read full text of Pope Francis' Homily during Mass at the Ecumenical Pilgrimage in Geneva, where he talks about the Father, bread, and forgiveness. ...read more
Pope Francis' homily during the ecumenical prayer service at the World Council of Churches in Geneva
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Read the full text of Pope Francis' homily on "walking in the Spirit" for the ecumenical prayer service at the World Council of Churches in Geneva. ...read more
A Prayer for Our Environment from Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’
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On World Environmental Day, Join Salt+Light as we pray for the protection of our environment with this special excerpt taken from Pope Francis' Encyclical Laudato Si'. ...read more
Join us in prayer for the intentions entrusted to us by Pope Francis. For June 2018, we join the Holy Father in praying for: That economists may have the courage to reject any economy of exclusion and know how to open new paths. ...read more
Homily of Pope Francis for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
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Read the full text of the Homily of Pope Francis for the Solemnity of Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ taken place on June 3, 2018. ...read more
Evangelizing our Elizabeths, Propelled to the Peripheries
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The Visitation springs forth as Mary’s response to receiving Jesus in the Incarnation: it is a response that calls her outwards, to the outskirts, to the hill country, to bear “good news” and go out in joyful love and service. ...read more
The spiritual bond between two Francises: <br> Pope Francis and Padre Pio
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In honour of the birthday of Padre Pio, we present you with this article written by Dr. Ines Angeli Murzaku on the occasion of the pilgrimage of his major relic to Boston in 2016.  ...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