Timeline: The first year of the papacy of Francis
Below is a timeline of the major events since then and the key decisions he has made.
March 14: On the morning after his election, the pope makes a surprise visit to the Rome hotel for clerics where he was staying before his election and pays the bill.
March 15: Pope tells his fellow Argentines not to travel to Rome for his inaugural, urging them to give the money to the poor instead. One headline: ‘Don’t fly for me Argentina’.
March 16: In an address to journalists, the pope gives his first clear indication he wants a more austere Church, saying “Oh, how I would like a poor Church, and for the poor.”
March 19: In his inaugural Mass, Francis sets the tone for a humbler papacy; he issues a strong appeal for the protection of the environment and the defense of the weakest.
March 23 – A reigning pope and a former pope face each other for the first time in at least 600 years when Francis travels south of Rome to meet his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict