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 Stone. TODAY 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.