Anniversary of Pope Francis' Election in Vatican Date in the current year: March 13, 2016

Anniversary of Pope Francis' Election in Vatican March 13 is the anniversary of Pope Francis' election. This day is one of the major celebrations in Vatican.

Pope Francis (born Jorge Mario Bergoglio) became the successor of Pope Benedict XVI, who resigned on February 28, 2013 due to age and health problems. Bergoglio chose his papal name to honor Saint Francis of Assisi.

Pope Francis became the first pope Jesuit pope, the first pope form the Southern Hemisphere, the first pope from the Americas and the first non-European pope since Pope Gregory III (Syria) in 741. By the way, usage of the name Francis also became the first in the history of papacy.

The papal inauguration of Pope Francis took place on March 19, 2013. His inauguration was attended by official delegations from 132 states and the leaders of religious groups. Pope Francis' motto became “Miserando atque Eligendo”, that can be translated from Latin as “lowly but chosen”. This motto is taken from the homilies of the Venerable Bede on Saint Matthew's Gospel.

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