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Anniversary of the election of Pope Francis

Vatican City Public Holiday observed in Vatican City

This day is a public holiday in the Holy See (Vatican City). It marks the anniversary of 13 March 2013, the day when Pope Francis was elevated to the papacy.
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When is Anniversary of the election of Pope Francis?

How long until Anniversary of the election of Pope Francis?
This holiday next takes place in 174 Days.
Dates of Anniversary of the election of Pope Francis
Year Weekday Date
2020 Friday March 13th
2019 Wednesday March 13th
2018 Tuesday March 13th
Duration
1 Day
Summary
Marks the election of Pope Francis on March 13, 2013. Varies with each reigning pope.

This day is a public holiday in the Holy See (Vatican City). It marks the anniversary of 13 March 2013, the day when Pope Francis was elevated to the papacy.

History of Anniversary of the election of Pope Francis

In 2019, his Holiness Pope Francis marks the 5th anniversary of his election by the papal conclave as Bishop of Rome and leader of the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis is the 266th Pope and replaced Pope Benedict XVI who had been pope since 2005, but had unexpectedly resigned on 28 February 2013.

Francis was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1936. Bergoglio worked briefly as a chemical technologist and nightclub bouncer before turning to the church.

He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1969, and became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998. He was made a cardinal in 2001 by Pope John Paul II.

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

He chose Francis as his papal name in honour of Saint Francis of Assisi. Francis is the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere.

Another public holiday is observed in the Holy See to mark the name saint of the current pope. As George ('Jorge') is his birth name, Saint George's Day on 23rd April is a holiday.


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