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.

Habemus Papam! Jorge Mario Bergoglio, to be called Francis

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran announced the name of the new Pope to 100,000 faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square, as well as those around the world.

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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

Holy Mass

The College of Cardinals gathered in St Peter’s Basilica to celebrate the Missa Pro Eligendo Romano Pontifice (Mass for the Election of the Roman Pontiff).

Pope Francis Holy Mass conclusion of the Conclave

From the Sistine Chapel, Eucharistic Concelebration with the members of the College of Cardinals, presided over by Pope 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

Watch the last general audience of Pope Benedict XVI, his final address before an estimated crowd of 150,000 in St. Peter's Square.

Benedict XVI at Castel Gandolfo: I am a Pilgrim

Pope Benedict XVI delivered a farewell message to faithful in final appearance at the balcony of the Castel Gandolfo palace.

Encyclical: Lumen Fidei - 'Light of Faith'

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

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.

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.

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.