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Transformation begins as Pope Francis moves into Year Five

Letter from Rome

Pope Francis blesses Catholics during an audience with the Community of Capodarco, an Italian non-profit organisation that promotes the rights of socially marginalized people, in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican Feb. 25. (Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP)

Robert Mickens, Vatican City
Vatican City

March 13, 2017

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Pope Francis is soon to complete his fourth year as Bishop of Rome.

And in the run-up to this milestone, he and top officials of the Roman Curia have recently been spending time in prayer and reflection at a hilltop retreat center south of the Eternal City.

There an Italian Franciscan has been preaching the spiritual exercises that the pope and the curia make every year during the first week of Lent.

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