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Teaching About the Pope

Opportunity for Catechesis on the Role of the Pope in the Catholic Church

Pope Francis was elected as our new pope on March 13, 2013 after Benedict XVI resigned the papacy two weeks earlier.  This transition in the papacy offers a teachable moment, an opportunity for catechesis on the role of the pope in the Church.  This includes teaching about the pope as bishop of Rome, supreme pontiff, and successor of Saint Peter.

General Reference Pages

Papal Transition - Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Pope Francis - USCCB

Vatican Website

Catechetical Resources

Resources on the Papacy- Archdiocese of Washington
A Resource Guide for teachers, catechists and parents
Including Who is Peter? What is the Mission of the Pope?  How is a New Pope Elected?
Core Theology on the Papacy
Grades K-2
Grades 3-5
Grades 6-8
Grades 9-12/Adult
RCIA & Teens

Las Llaves Del Reino - Arquidiócesis de Washington
Guías de recursos para maestros, catequistas y ministros de jóvenes

Slide Presentations on the Papacy (PDF) - Diocese of LaCrosse
The Election of a Pope
Universality of the Papacy
St. Peter, the First Pope
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

How the Church Chooses a New Pope - Sadlier
Downloadable explanation in child-friendly language

5 Digital Projects on the Election of the Pope - acyberpilgrim

Electing a Pope - Pflaum Publishing Group
Handouts & reporducible activities

Catechism of the Catholic Church (881, 882, 891, etc)


Other Resources

Conclave - Catholic Truth Society
Free downloadable book

Pope Benedict XVI Resources - Our Sunday Visitor

Joseph Ratzinger - Benedict XVI (PowerPoint)








O God,
who in your providential design
willed that your Church be built
upon blessed Peter, whom you
set over the other Apostles,
look with favor, we pray,
on Francis our Pope
and grant that he, who
you have made Peter’s successor,
may be for your people a visible
source and foundation
of unity in faith and of communion.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son, who lives and reigns
with you in the unity of the
Holy Spirit, one God,
for ever and ever.

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