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Anniversary of the Election of Pope Francis
Vatican City

Anniversary of the Election of Pope Francis 2017 and 2018

Pope Francis was elected on March 13, 2013 after the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI due to health reasons. The anniversary of his selection is a major holiday in Vatican City.

YearDateDayHoliday
201713 MarMonAnniversary of the Election of
Pope Francis
201813 MarTueAnniversary of the Election of
Pope Francis

Pope Francis

Pope Francis was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio and is the first pope from the Southern Hemisphere. He is the first Jesuit pope and the first non-European pope since Pope Gregory III in 741. He chose his papal name to honour St. Francis of Assisi. He was inaugurated on March 19, 2013, and his motto became “Miserando atque Eligendo” or “lowly but chosen.” The motto was taken from the Venerable Bede on Saint Matthew’s Gospel.

In 2013, he was named Person of the Year by Time Magazine, joining Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. In the interview, it was revealed that it was Pope Francis’ ability to alter the minds of others who had given up on the Catholic church, returning them to their faith. In 2014, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Celebrations and Traditions

On the anniversary of Pope Francis’ election, mass is normally held at the Vatican and Catholic churches throughout the area. During the mass, people pray for the pope’s continued health and well-being while asking God to guide him in his decisions for the Catholic church.

About His Leadership

On the anniversary of his election, many people look back at his actions as the leader of the Catholic church. By some, he is viewed as a bold revolutionary sent to make people think about their beliefs while others believe he is too progressive in his views. However, the majority of Catholics see Pope Francis as a kind, tender leader who realises some of the beliefs previously held by the church may not be fitting for today’s society.

Some of Pope Francis’ statements have been met with surprise throughout the world. He has said that religious dialogue must be broad and not simply focused on abortion or homosexuality. He believes that the Gospel is more simple, yet profound. Although he does not believe that women should be ordained priests, Pope Francis feels women are an important part of the Catholic church. He has been more accepting of homosexuality than previous pontiffs. He has called for big changes in the church, asking people to rethink what he calls “antiquated customs.” In September 2015, he further stunned the world when he said that priests would be permitted to forgive the “sin of abortion.”