The Bishops of England and Wales, who are currently on retreat at the Palazzola near Rome, joined the General Audience in St Peter's Square on Wednesday, 17 April. More than 50,000 pilgrims from around the world attended the event.

During the audience Pope Francis welcomed all the English-speaking pilgrims, and then added: "I offer a cordial welcome to the members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, and I assure them of my prayers for their episcopal ministry."

After the General Audience the Holy Father held an impromptu Private Audience for the bishops of England and Wales. During the meeting Cardinal Cormac told the Pope that his election and the first weeks of his papacy had brought fresh hope to all the Church.


13 March 2013


Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum;
habemus Papam:

Eminentissimum ac Reverendissimum Dominum,
Dominum Georgium Marium
Sanctae Romanae Ecclesiae Cardinalem Bergoglio
qui sibi nomen imposuit Franciscum


Greetings to the Holy Father

Live transmission of the events

Photo Gallery - Video


Apostolic Blessing "Urbi et Orbi":

Brothers and sisters, good evening!

You know that it was the duty of the Conclave to give Rome a Bishop.  It seems that my brother Cardinals have gone to the ends of the earth to get one... but here we are... I thank you for your welcome.  The diocesan community of Rome now has its Bishop.  Thank you!      And first of all, I would like to offer a prayer for our Bishop Emeritus, Benedict XVI.  Let us pray together for him, that the Lord may bless him and that Our Lady may keep him.

Our Father...

Hail Mary...

Glory Be...

And now, we take up this journey:  Bishop and People.  This journey of the Church of Rome which presides in charity over all the Churches.  A journey of fraternity, of love, of trust among us.  Let us always pray for one another.  Let us pray for the whole world, that there may be a great spirit of fraternity.  It is my hope for you that this journey of the Church, which we start today, and in which my Cardinal Vicar, here present, will assist me, will be fruitful for the evangelization of this most beautiful city.

And now I would like to give the blessing, but first - first I ask a favour of you: before the Bishop blesses his people, I ask you to pray to the Lord that he will bless me: the prayer of the people asking the blessing for their Bishop.  Let us make, in silence, this prayer:  your prayer over me.


Now I will give the Blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will.


Brothers and sisters, I leave you now.  Thank you for your welcome.  Pray for me and until we meet again.  We will see each other soon.  Tomorrow I wish to go and pray to Our Lady, that she may watch over all of Rome.  Good night and sleep well!


   Missa «Pro Eligendo Romano Pontifice»:

                     Homily of Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals 
[English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish] (Video)


                     Booklet for the Celebration

                     Photo Gallery 12 March 2013

                     Photo Gallery 13 March 2013

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   Benedictus XVI - Apostolic Letterissued"Motu Proprio" on certain modifications to the norms governing the election of the Roman Pontiff (22 February 2013)[English, French, German, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish]

   Benedictus XVI - Apostolic Letter issued "Motu Proprio" reinstating the traditional norms for the majority required to elect the Supreme Pontiff (June 11, 2007)
[French, Latin]

   Ioannes Paulus II - Apostolic Constitution Universi Dominici Gregis (22 February 1996) 
[English, French, German, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish]



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