Happy Fifth Anniversary Papa Francesco!

Celebrating five years with Pope Francis

I remember just five years ago, sitting at my desk here at Loyola Press, and excitedly watching along with the rest of the world as we were introduced to our new Pope, Francis, who humbly asked us to pray for him. In these five short years, we have come to know this great man as a truly holy follower of Jesus Christ. As a Jesuit ministry, Loyola Press is particularly proud to be associated with our Jesuit pope. With that in mind, we are celebrating Pope Francis’s fifth anniversary (March 13) with gusto!

To begin, enjoy this brief video that describes the relationship between Pope Francis and Loyola Press.

Watch the full version of the video here.

I’d also be interested in knowing if you can beat my score of 7 out of 10 on this Pope Francis quiz. I was obviously stumped by several questions.

In addition, you can download the following free resources.

  • Pope Francis Prayer Cards
  • Pope Francis Mini-Posters
  • 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Pope Francis

Finally, I can’t say enough about the many Pope Francis books from Loyola Press (in English and Spanish). The most recent book, On Hope, is a wonderful collection of Pope Francis’s writings that describe how God’s love can grace each of us with a lasting and sustaining hope, no matter how dark or confusing our situation.

Join me in celebrating Pope Francis’s anniversary by posting below your most vivid memory of the day he was elected.

About Joe Paprocki 2739 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.

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