First papal address in English Admin Monday, October 21, 2013 For all the waves Pope Francis has made across the Anglophone world these last seven months, perhaps the most remarkable thing is that it’s happened without his speaking a single word in English. Until now. © 2023 The Catholic Thing. All rights reserved. For reprint rights, write to: [email protected] The Catholic Thing is a forum for intelligent Catholic commentary. Opinions expressed by writers are solely their own.