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, 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.

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.

Here is the timetable for the two-day Conclave that resulted in the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., as Pope Francis. It includes subsequent events such as the Mass for Inauguration of Petrine Ministry of Francis on the Feast of St. Joseph, 19 March.

Here is the full text of Pope Francis' homily preached at his inauguration Mass in St Peter's Square on Tuesday 19 March 2013. A PDF download of the homily is also available.

In this section you will find reactions, comments and messages in response to the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI's decision to renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, effective from 28 February 2013 at 20:00 hours (Rome time).

In light of Pope Benedict XVI's announcement of his Resignation, the following liturgical information and prayer resources are offered to the Church in England and Wales.

Here you will find photo galleries covering Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's final public appearances through Papal Conclave to the election and inauguration of Pope Francis - the 265th Successor of St Peter. We will have more images on our Flickr photostream.