Reasons why Pope Francis is cool

Published On: Dec 24 2013 12:58:06 PM CST   Updated On: Sep 23 2015 12:09:28 AM CDT

With Pope Francis now in the U.S. for his first American visit, he 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, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio
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Known as the "People's Pope," Pope Francis is known for his simple lifestyle, humble persona and breaks with tradition. He refused to move into papal palace and frequently takes public transportation.

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