Francis enters his fifth year as Pope

What happened?

Monday marked the fourth-year anniversary of Pope Francis’s election as the 266th pope.

The Pope kept a low profile, having recently returned from his Lenten retreat in Ariccia.

His only public message was on the photo-sharing network Instagram, where he has 3.6m followers. Francis posted a photo of himself praying on the balcony of St Peter’s Basilica after his election, with the message: “Please continue to pray for me.”

What the media said

In the Spectator, Damian Thompson asked whether the Pope was facing rising opposition in Rome.

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