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Pope Francis Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Pontificate

"I ask that you pray to the Lord so that he blesses me."

Pope Francis Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Pontificate

On March 13, 2023, the Church marks the 10th anniversary of the pontificate of Pope Francis. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires was elected March 13, 2013 in the conclave to become the first pope from the Americas. As the 265th successor to Saint Peter, he was the first pope to take the name of Francis, a name chosen in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi because he wanted “a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security.” (Evangelii Gaudium, 49).

The Digital Synod has launched a special prayer initiative to mark the 10th anniversary of Pope Francis' pontificate which includes an online map featuring virtual lighted candles representing the prayers of the faithful worldwide for him.

For further details on the prayer initiative, check out:

(CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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