Five Years Ago, The World Met Pope Francis

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
13 Mar 2018

Five years ago, on 13 March 2013, the world was introduced to Pope Francis.  Stepping out onto the loggia at St Peter's Basilica for the first time as Pope, he told those gathered that the cardinals had gone to the 'ends of the earth' to find a new Bishop of Rome.

During his Pontificate so far, Pope Francis has made apostolic visits to some 30 countries, written two encyclicals, Laudato Si' and Lumen Fidei, and two apostolic exhortations, Amoris Laetitia and Evangelii Gaudium, and declared an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. 

He instituted the World Day of the Poor and recently announced the feast of Mary, Mother of the Church, to be celebrated on the Monday after Pentecost.  He has canonised 885 saints (including Pope John XXIII, Pope John Paul II, St Teresa of Calcutta and the 813 Martyrs of Ontranto) and beatified 1,122 others.  It is expected that, later this year, he will also canonise Blessed Pope Paul VI and Oscar Romero.

This week, Pope Francis will travel to Pietrelcina and San Giovanni Rotondo to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Padre Pio.