Reasons why Pope Francis is cool

Published On: Dec 24 2013 12:58:06 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 17 2015 10:49:45 AM CST

Pope Francis, who celebrates his 79th birthday on Thursday, continues to ride a wave of popularity that has earned him accolades and criticisms alike. Take a look at the many reasons why Pope Francis is cool.

Boy greets Pope Francis
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In October 2013, a little boy joined Pope Francis on stage while he was delivering a speech in St. Peter's Square. The pope was relaxed about it and even let the child sit in his big white chair at one point.

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