The Pope

The Roman Pontiff, as the successor of Peter, is the perpetual and visible principle and foundation of unity of both the bishops and of the faithful - Lumen Gentium, 23. Pope Francis was elected Bishop of Rome on 13 March 2013 and is the 266th Pope.

The Roman Pontiff, as the successor of Peter, is the perpetual and visible principle and foundation of unity of both the bishops and of the faithful – Lumen Gentium, 23. Pope Francis was elected Bishop of Rome on 13 March 2013 and is the 266th Pope.

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

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

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, 5 July and is a re-working of a draft text given to Pope Francis by Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI. Prepared to mark the 'Year of Faith', Lumen Fidei was described by the Holy Father as "the work of four hands.”

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.

Amoris Laetitia, 'The Joy of Love', is the 2016 post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation “on Love in the Family”. It brings together the results of the two Synods on the family convoked by Pope Francis in 2014 and 2015. In this section, you can read the full document and a helpful summary.