Pope Francis

On Wednesday, 13 March 2013, it was announced to the world that Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., had been elected Pope Francis.

Cardinal Proto-Deacon, Jean Louis Cardinal Tauran, announced “Habemus Papam”, “We have a Pope”, from the central balcony at St. Peter’s Basilica before revealing the identity of the 265th Successor of St Peter.

Pope Francis' Biography

A biography of the 266th Pope and leader of the Catholic Church - Pope Francis.

Inaugural Mass of the Pontificate

Pope Francis presided over the solemn inaugural Mass of his Pontificate on March 19, 2013, the Solemnity of Saint Joseph.

Laudato si' - Care for our Common Home

Laudato si' - On the Care for our Common Home - is the Pope's Encyclical Letter on the environment and human ecology.

Pope Francis' Inauguration Homily

Here is the full text of Pope Francis' homily preached at his inauguration Mass in St Peter's Square on Tuesday 19 March 2013.

Audience with the Cardinals

Here you can watch a video from an audience Pope Francis held with the College of Cardinals in Clementine Hall in the Vatican On February 15, 2013.

Pope Francis visits Basilica of Saint Mary Major

A few hours after his election, Pope Francis, the new Successor of Peter, made a pilgrimage of prayer to the feet of the Virgin.

Holy Mass
Pope Francis: God never tires of forgiving us

Here you will find Pope Francis' first Angelus from the window of the Apostolic Palace where he spoke of God's patience with his children.

Encyclical: Lumen Fidei - 'Light of Faith'

The Holy Father Pope Francis’ first encyclical letter has been released called Lumen Fidei, or 'Light of Faith.

Pope Francis Holy Mass conclusion of the Conclave
Habemus Papam! Jorge Mario Bergoglio, to be called Francis
Procession and entrance in Conclave

The Cardinals electors walk in procession from the Pauline Chapel to the Sistine Chapel where after the "Veni Creator" chant they take the Oath.

Last general audience of Pope Benedict XVI
Evangelii Gaudium - The Joy of the Gospel

Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation 'Evangelii Gaudium', the Joy of the Gospel, has been officially presented to the public at a press conference in Rome.

Benedict XVI at Castel Gandolfo: I am a Pilgrim
Amoris Laetitia - The Joy of Love

Amoris Laetitia, 'The Joy of Love', is the 2016 post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation which brings together the results of the two Synods on the family.