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 in Rio
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Pope Francis likes to mix and mingle with the crowds and is adamant about the church going out among the masses. During a trip to Brazil, a frantic crowd of Catholics repeatedly surrounded and halted the vehicles he was riding in as he reached out and greeted followers.

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