Pope Francis, the superior of the Catholic Church, wrapped up his very first visit to the United States and is still as popular now as he was when he was elected back in 2013.
During his five-day stay, Francis visited Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia.
This pope has appealed not only to older generations but to all generations.
“I would say all ages find him more likable. Our school kids watched the parade in D.C. and cheered,” said Reverend Larry McGovern of Presentation Church in Stockton.
Francis has reached a bigger audience due to his opinions and views on humility as well as his willingness to stay open minded.
Francis’ predecessor Pope Benedict XVI was noted for wearing flashier, more noticeable garments. Francis wears only a plain white cassock.
He refuses to stay in the Apostolic Palace, choosing to stay in a Vatican guesthouse. He also doesn’t get shuttled around in a bulletproof Mercedes limousine, instead driving himself around in his Ford Focus or 1984 Renault.
He’s been known to speak more freely as well.
Regarding gays in the church, Pope Francis has said: “If someone is gay, who searches for the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge? We shouldn’t marginalize people for this. They must be integrated into society.”
When speaking about how the pope is so admired, McGovern said: “He is down to earth, humble by choice, speaks in language we can all understand, not afraid to go off script …”
The pope is famous around the world because of who he is and what he believes in.
He’s a Jesuit and the first Jesuit pope in 500 years.
“Being a Jesuit means that he is more geared to helping the poor and being more free thinking. They help people and do a lot of humanitarian work,” said Jackson Cha, a local pastor with Christian Ministry Alliance.
“I’m really excited about this pope,” said Cha.