Pope Francis reaches one year anniversary as head of church

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 4:26 PM

(KMOV.com) — It was one year ago today that Pope Francis began leading the Catholic Church

The Pope’s humble ways have inspired Catholics around the world.

When traveling, he carries his own bag. He rides in a simple car, instead of a papal limousine. He’s returned the keys to the papal suite, preferring to live in a simple Vatican apartment.

St. Louis native and Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan says it because of love and service.

“The more simple he wants to be, the more sincere he wants to be, the more natural he wants to be, the more himself he wants to be,” Dolan said. “And all of that is genuine as can be. His popularity goes up. And that shouldn’t surprise us because that’s the gospel”

Pope Francis earned the nickname the People’s Pope and the Pope of the Poor. 

TIME magazine named him Man of the Year for 2013.

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