Anniversary Of The Election Of Pope Francis

Celebrated as a public holiday in Vatican City, the anniversary of the election of Pope Francis is observed annually on March 13th. This holiday is marked with a special Mass on this day, both in the Vatican and in many parish churches across the world.

During these Masses, people pray for the Pope’s continued health and ask God to guide him in all his decisions. This is also a time when many Catholics reflect on the history of the papacy and how it has changed through the centuries.

The History of the Anniversary of the Election of Pope Francis

Pope Francis was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in 1936 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He first worked as a chemical technologist and a bouncer before deciding to join the Catholic Church. In 1969, he was ordained a priest, and in 1998, he became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires.

In 2001, he was made a cardinal by Pope John Paul II. When Pope Benedict XVI resigned on February 28, 2013, a papal conclave was convened. Bergoglio was elected as the next Pope on March 13th. Bergoglio chose Francis as his papal name in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi.

Observing the Anniversary of the Election of Pope Francis

This holiday is observed with special Masses in the Vatican and in churches around the world. People gather to pray for the Pope’s continued health, prosperity, and guidance. People also use this holiday to learn more about church history and to reflect on the role of the papacy in the Catholic Church over the centuries.

Where is it celebrated?
Holy See (Vatican City) (National holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
March 13 Wednesday
Next year (2025)
March 13 Thursday
Last year (2023)
March 13 Monday