Pope spends election anniversary doing spiritual exercises
No special celebrations planned for Francis13 March, 11:09
In keeping with the Argentine pontiff's simple, frugal style, Francis does not have any special celebrations planned during the retreat at Ariccia, a suburban hilltop town 16 miles from Rome. The former archbishop of Buenos Aires has shunned perks and pomp since being elected and repeatedly called for a "poor Church", earning plaudits for attempting to follow the example set by the saint Francis of Assisi, whose name he took.
His election followed the shock resignation of former pope Benedict XVI, who announced in February 2013 that he did not feel fit enough to continue the job.