VIEWPOINTS: In his first year, how have Pope Francis’ actions affected your perceptions of the Catholic church?

March 13 marked the one-year anniversary of Pope Francis’ reign in Rome.

In his first year, the 77-year-old pontiff has been on both the cover of TIME Magazine and The Rolling StoneTODAY called him a “pop culture darling.” His openness to be in contact with the public – whether by hugging or washing their feet during Mass or calling believers on the phone – surprised the world.

Now a new survey of Catholics from Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities, or FADICA, an association that promotes Catholic philanthropy, says his influence has increased charitable giving.

In the survey, one in four U.S. Catholics say they have increased their charitable giving in the past year, and 77 percent of that group say it’s because of Francis, according to a recent Religion News Service story.

So in his first year, how has the first Jesuit pontiff affected your perception of the Catholic church? Share your thoughts below!

One Response to “VIEWPOINTS: In his first year, how have Pope Francis’ actions affected your perceptions of the Catholic church?”

  1. Bob Edwards

    My perception has always been a favorable sense of the immense potential of his Church to wholly represent the spirit of Jesus and Christianity in the world. Like every person and institution I know, the degree to which Roman Catholicism has effectively expressed that potential has certainly waxed and waned across time. Pope Francis — like Pope John XXIII — is certainly a shining star, a bright spot, as seen through my own individual lens.

    He makes me smile !!

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