Who is The Pope?

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Kenzie Moten, Contributor

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always wondered who the pope was and what the purpose of being the “pope” is. You might see him on the news dressed in an all-white gown with a little white hat on, and he’s usually a fairly older-looking man.

The pope is the head of one of the populous religions: the Catholic Church. “What this means on a daily basis is that the pope, in this case Pope Francis I, has duties both political and religious. The pope meets with heads of state and maintains diplomatic relationships with more than 100 nations. He conducts liturgies, appoints new bishops and travels” (live science).

The pope does not work like ordinary citizens of a country; he works for the world. He reaches out around Europe helping and spreading catholic beliefs.

You might not even notice that the pope is still active today. Over hundreds of years, there have been 266 popes. The current one is Jorge Mario Bergoglio. He became known as Pope Francis because he admired St. Francis of Assisi of Italy (biography on pope).

Francis was ordained as the pope on March 13, 2013, and became the first pope to not come from Europe, but the Americas instead. He also is the first pope to break the tradition of living in a huge Apostolic Palace; instead, the pope chose to live in a two-room apartment.

Pope Francis has also been praised upon for not being judgmental like other church officials. “Pope Francis began offering more nuanced views and interpretations on key social issues about which the church holds pronounced doctrinal views. He has not shied away from elaborating on those views, and sound bytes such as ‘Who am I to judge?’, a comment he made referring to homosexuality, have served to portray him as a compassionate conservative whose views are often considered progressive compared to those of his predecessors” (Biography on Pope).

Pope Francis brings hope for a new era of passion in the church by not being judgmental or showing hatred to communities and even taking money for his services.