November 21st, 2013
04:48 AM ET

Pope Francis’ Popularity Grows

From taking a more liberal stance on social issues like homosexuality and choosing to lead a simple lifestyle, Pope Francis has become known as a charismatic man leading the church and its faithful by example.

The first pontiff from South America is already beloved by the faithful for his incredible humility and hands-on approach.

Just ten days on the job, he began paving his own path - getting down on bended knee to wash the feet of juvenile delinquents.  And this month, he garnered headlines for his compassionate embrace of these disabled men.

Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan weighed in on Pope Francis on "New Day" Friday.

Dolan says people around the world are impressed with him because  "he's simply himself."

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  1. Mike

    AvdBerg, who made you God that you can pronounce such a rash judgement on another human being? Talk like that is what makes the world have negative impression of Christians as judgmental, hateful and out of touch.

    November 24, 2013 at 8:33 am | Reply
  2. Mike

    The Pope's stance on issues is not "more liberal" as if some how he does not accept the teaching of the Catholic Church. He has said nothing different from what we find in the Catechism.

    November 24, 2013 at 8:11 am | Reply
  3. DeAnn

    I loved the interview with Cardinal Timothy Dolan! Is there a video of the interview? I would love to watch it again and share it!!!!

    November 21, 2013 at 10:34 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Hi, DeAnn,

      You should be able to see the interview on our blog here, so check back with us.

      Happy #NewDay!
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      November 21, 2013 at 11:40 am | Reply
  4. ForeverFeminist

    Popes of every generation will always garner headlines and attention. Regardless of what they say or do. For a creative and prophetic look at papal intrigue, one might want to look at Author Jerry Marcus' 1997 novel, "The Last Pope." It has good doses of mystery, the role of women, and even a peek into the future of the papacy.

    November 21, 2013 at 10:06 am | Reply
  5. Jason

    Funny how michaela said we are in the new world order but a couple of weeks ago the lax hoax shooter was a new world order conspiracy theory nut. Oh and the church is more corrupt now than ever they just have their compassionate puppet in right now

    November 21, 2013 at 9:01 am | Reply
  6. Michael Flarety

    Dolan only knows how to ride the coat tails of others. He checks the direction the wind is blowing and goes that way. If the new pope was Satan himself, Dolan would praise him. Dolan has no back bone, no spine. But, what else is new for the leaders of that church?

    November 21, 2013 at 8:56 am | Reply
  7. Huckleberry7

    Get radical, Pope. Change the Sabbath and Ten Commandments back to the way God ordered.

    November 21, 2013 at 8:22 am | Reply
  8. Amy

    I really don't care what Cardinal Dolan says about him. The Church leaders still aren't adequately addressing the clergy pedophile issue. Those who covered up for abusers are just as guilty as the abusers!

    November 21, 2013 at 7:58 am | Reply
  9. Esilef

    Forgot to explain why he should be called "Pope Awesome The First". By shifting the emphasis from everything else to "love" understood as charity/compassion for fellow humans especially the least fortunate among us, and then trying to live it out first in his own personal life, that is the genius of Pope Francis and is also why he is very compelling as a religious leader. He has not for one nanosecond downgraded let alone done away with the other issues of the day (abortion, homosexuality, feminism, etc) but it's a question of emphasis, and this pope's new emphasis is timely and spot on!

    November 21, 2013 at 7:36 am | Reply
    • AvdBerg

      Unfortunately the Pope does not share the love of this world, but rather the love of this world (John 6:42; 1 John 2:15) As a member and leader of The Mystery Babylon (Rev. 7:5) he deceives all the members of his church as confirmed in Revelation 12:9.

      November 21, 2013 at 9:04 am | Reply
    • Jason

      Pope "smooth things out for us" puppet the 1st

      November 21, 2013 at 9:05 am | Reply
    • paul

      Well said Esilef! Spot on!

      November 21, 2013 at 9:26 am | Reply
  10. chuckhasman

    The Pope and his church is a fraud!! The Catholic church's 3 favorite words are excommunication, heresy,and blashemy!! Jesus was a Jew who taught Jews and Loved the JEWS!! However the church has its own sick twisted money hungry agenda. Jesus never preached child abuse,homosexuality , nor Rabbis not to marry and have children!! How can anything written 40 -100 years after Christs death be accurate –its not!!! His divinity and miracles i don't dispute– but the Catholics and their baloney i do!! Its the Jews who will bring Jesus out of Heaven - not the Catholics nor Baptists!!

    November 21, 2013 at 7:25 am | Reply
    • Mike

      Wow sounds like you have anger issues

      November 24, 2013 at 8:14 am | Reply
  11. WhoCares

    From the anti-Catholic site listed: "The viewpoints made by the author in this book are not based on any interpretation. For this reason, anyone (including scholars and theologians), would have a difficult time arguing any of the viewpoints in this book." What an odd sentence!

    November 21, 2013 at 7:14 am | Reply
  12. Esilef

    Pope Awesome The First

    November 21, 2013 at 7:10 am | Reply
  13. WhoCares

    You don't need a conservative cleric spin doctor clinging to the old rigid ways to understand the pope. Just read what the pope says and see how he acts. Right wing Catholics have their knickers in a twist over this guy and keep trying to explain how nothing is really changing.

    November 21, 2013 at 7:01 am | Reply
    • JPX

      I'm an atheist but I think Pope Francis is terrific. The last Pope looked and behaved like the Emperor from the Star Wars movies.

      November 21, 2013 at 7:48 am | Reply
    • Mike

      WhoCares, your contribution reflects a great deal of ignorance. The pope in his comments to the press referred to the catechism of the catholic church twice. His point is clear we should not view people through the prism of their sins nor should we over do talking about the same issues over and over. If one does that they risk being tuned out. Time will bear me out on this you will see no change in the teaching of the catholic church on issues of sexual morality.

      November 24, 2013 at 8:23 am | Reply
  14. Enough Already

    Yes, we all love to hear about acts of love and kindness. But are we to believe that the Pope is the only person worth writing about? Why is this man getting so much PR? Is it to soothe the conscience of the church? It's eerily similar to the tv & radio ads BP ran after the gulf oil disaster. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

    November 21, 2013 at 6:49 am | Reply
    • Francisco Salinas

      Who peed on your eggs benedict?

      November 21, 2013 at 8:41 am | Reply
  15. AvdBerg

    Cardinal Dolan still does not know what spirit the Pope is of (Luke 9:55).

    For a better understanding of the history of the Roman Catholic Church and the spirit the hierarchy serves (Luke 9:55), we invite you to read the articles 'Papal Infallibility, Contradictions and Spiritual Blindness', The Mystery Babylon', 'Popes and the Princes of This World' and 'Shroud of Turin a Hoax', listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    All the other pages and articles listed on our website explain how and by whom this whole world has been deceived as confirmed in Revelation 12:9, and what mankind must do to be reunited with the true and living God.

    November 21, 2013 at 6:38 am | Reply
    • TG

      Who is "the true and living God" ? Is he just a nameless person, as the churches have made him through the centuries, calling him "Lord" or "God" ? When God came to Abraham in a vision, telling that he is a "shield" to Abraham, Abraham responded, saying: "Sovereign Lord Jehovah."(Gen 15:1, 2)

      Abraham knew and used God's name of Jehovah. This unique name is found in the Hebrew Scriptures (commonly called the Old Testament) 6, 979 times and some 237 times in the Christian Greek Scriptures (commonly called the New Testament).

      The apostle Paul, quoting from Joel 2:32, told the Romans that "everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved."(Rom 10:13) What has Catholicism done with regard to God's unique name ? In a letter dated June 29, 2008, to the presidents of Catholic bishops' conferences, the Vatican stated: "In recent years the practice has crept in of pronouncing the God of Israel’s proper name.”

      The letter gives this pointed direction: “The name of God . . . is neither to be used or pronounced.” Furthermore, “for the translation of the Biblical text in modern languages, . . . the divine tetragrammaton is to be rendered by the equivalent of Adonai/Kyrios: ‘Lord.’” Clearly, this Vatican directive is aimed at eliminating the use of God’s name.

      Yet, Jesus said in prayer to his Father: "I have made your name (not titles) manifest to the men whom you gave me out of the world....I have made your name (not titles) known to them will make it known".(John 17:6, 26)

      November 21, 2013 at 11:34 am | Reply
      • Mike

        TG by your comments it sounds like you are a Jehovah's witness. "Jehovah" is not the best rendering. It was an attempt by a catholic munk to understand how the Jews may have pronounced the divine name. The better rendering is Yahweh. This name is never used in the New Testament. No manuscript will show it. The JW Bible is a perfect example of people reading their beliefs into the scriptures themselves to the point of even distorting a proper translation.

        November 24, 2013 at 8:29 am |
    • Mike

      Papal infallibility should not be seen as odious. As a Christian you believe the prophets when God moved them to speak were infallible. Moses in teaching God's word was infallible. The writers of the Bible infallibly wrote what God wanted written and no more. These also were infallible. The question is not whether God can enable a person to be infallible in teaching he can, but whether he has continued this gift into the present day. Catholics believe this charism still exists.

      November 24, 2013 at 8:39 am | Reply
  16. Josh Evans

    Jessica, come on. The pope doesn't have a more liberal stance on homosexuality. He has completely stayed in line with the Church's teaching on the topic. No where, not in any interview has he spoken contrary to what the Church has taught and will always continue to teach. He, nor can the Church change Natural Law. Let's not misconstrue what he has said to in an effort to further support the culture of death as Blessed JPII speaks about.

    November 21, 2013 at 6:35 am | Reply
    • Mike

      well said josh

      November 24, 2013 at 8:14 am | Reply
  17. evelyn

    I love him –

    November 21, 2013 at 6:01 am | Reply
    • AvdBerg

      @ evelyn

      We know that the Pope does not share the love of God (John 5:42) but rather the love of the world (1 John 5:4).

      November 21, 2013 at 7:34 am | Reply

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