Fifth anniversary of Francis's papacy

Five years on Pope Francis under fire over sex abuse scandals

Francis is the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere.

Following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on February 28, 2013, a papal conclave elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio as his successor on March 13.

Tuesday marks the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis's election to the helm of the Catholic Church following the shock resignation of his predecessor, Benedict XVI.

"Together, the United States and the Holy See are an extraordinary force for good as we work to advance religious freedom and human rights".

"And fight terrorism and violence, combat human trafficking, prevent the spread of diseases, and seek peaceful solutions to crises around the world".

The retired Pope Benedict XVI has said there is an "inner continuity" between his pontificate and that of Pope Francis, and praised his successor as a "man of profound philosophical and theological formation".

Vatican News reports that a prayer campaign was arranged in honor of the Pope's 5th anniversary.

It started on Sunday, March 11, 2018.

Wim Wenders' new documentary, Pope Francis: A Man of His Word, is meant to be a personal journey with the pope, rather than a biographical documentary about him. From his deep concern for the poor and wealth inequality, to his involvement in environmental issues and social justice, Pope Francis engages the audience face-to-face and calls for peace. Thus, it's the ideal time for the debut trailer for Pope Francis: A Man of His Words, a new documentary arriving this May from acclaimed filmmaker Wim Wenders (Buena Vista Social Club, Paris, Texas, Wings of Desire).

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