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.

Pope Francis Harley-Davidson motorcycle
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Pope Francis' Harley-Davidson motorcycle was auctioned off for $327,000 in February 2014. The money will go to a soup kitchen that serves the homeless in Rome. A retired Harley-Davidson designer had given the bike to the pope.

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