March 23, 2013 - Pope Francis flies to Castel Gandolfo to meet with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. The Vatican says this is the first time in the history of the church that the current pope has met with his predecessor.
March 26, 2013 - The Vatican announces that Pope Francis has decided to continue staying in a suite in the Vatican hotel instead of moving into the papal apartment.
April 13, 2013 - It is announced that an international council of eight cardinals has been appointed to advise Pope Francis in reforming the Catholic Church.
July 29, 2013 - During his first news conference Pope Francis makes the statement, "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" while discussing the gay and lesbian community within the church.
September 19, 2013 - An interview is released in which Pope Francis says that the church has the right to express its opinions but not to "interfere spiritually" in the lives of gays and lesbians.
November 26, 2013 - Pope Francis releases "Evangelii Gaudium" (The Joy of the Gospel), an 85-page call for the church to rethink some traditions.
December 11, 2013 - Pope Francis is named Time magazine's person of the year.