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.

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In December 2013, two Boston College students studying in Rome held out a white zucchetto -- or skullcap -- to give to Pope Francis as he passed by. The pope stopped, took the skullcap, nodded and smiled, put it on and then gave the skullcap he had been wearing to the students, according to the Boston Globe.

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