Pope Francis' Biography

The first Pope of the Americas Jorge Mario Bergoglio hails from Argentina. The former Jesuit Archbishop of Buenos Aires is a prominent figure throughout the continent, yet remains a simple pastor who is deeply loved by his diocese, throughout which he has travelled extensively on the underground and by bus during the 15 years of his episcopal ministry.

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Laudato si'

Laudato si' - On the Care for our Common Home - is the Pope's Encyclical Letter on the environment and human ecology. Pope Francis challenges us to consider... Read more


Evangelii Gaudium

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


Lumen Fidei

The Holy Father Pope Francis’ first encyclical letter has been released. Lumen Fidei, or 'Light of Faith', was unveiled at the Vatican Press Office on Friday... Read more

Pope Emeritus

Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI's resignation took effect on 28 February 2013 at 8pm (Rome time). The Pope Emeritus was the 265th pope - 264th Successor of St Peter. He se... Read more

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Papal Transition

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, J... Read more