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Pope proves very popular with American Catholics


Vatican Pope Christmas(CNN) A new poll released on Tuesday found that 88% of American Catholics approved of how Pope Francis is handling his duties as the new head of the Catholic Church.

Conducted by CNN and ORC International, the poll suggests that Pope Francis is perhaps the most well regarded religious figure among the American public today, says CNN.

The 77-year-old Argentine-born pontiff has regularly made headlines since he was elected Pope in March this year. Francis was picked by TIME as Person of the Year because he “has become a new voice of conscience.”

The newly released poll confirmed that Americans also approved of the new direction Francis was taking the Church: nearly two-third of respondents agreed with the Pope about how much attention should be paid to moral issues, and the large majority feel that he is in touch with the modern world. While his ratings are better than previous Popes on some issues, CNN’s Polling director Keating Holland said it was difficult to measure as “polling on Popes is pretty sparse.”





  1. Ann (WOC) says:

    Francis is mirroring the message of Jesus, DB. You can’t have it both ways: First you say Obama is saying anything (i.e., agreeing with Francis), now you say Francis is speaking in order to be a “pleasing personality” to the world at large. Neither Obama nor Francis is a panderer. They have been speaking the same message. . . the message Jesus spoke according to the Scriptures. As a deacon, are you not expected to know this?

    • Tony says:

      Right on Ann, the “deacon” can’t have it both ways.

    • Deacon Bernie says:

      Hmm, I guess I hit a nerve about the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and his duplicity. Just for the record, though I really don’t think I’ve given any thinking person a reason to say I speak differently, I believe Francis is the sort of person who is capable of leveling mountains and filling valleys. That other fellow, the Nobel Prize winner, is more concerned with legacy than substance.
      Attempting to put Francis and that other fellow on the same plane is breath taking.
      In some ways, I guess I am supporting Tony’s complaints about Benedict — he had the pulpit but what he really needed was the lectern in a class room. I just do not think Benedict should be criticised just because he was/is mediocre.

  2. Deacon Bernie says:

    If Catholics in the USA have truly forsaken their religion, how then does one explain the popularity of Francis? Either the premise that Catholics have forsaken their religion is false or Francis represents a personality that is wished for but seldom found. I think Francis is still in that realm of being a pleasing personality who is saying and doing things that meet with world approval, and that’s not objectionable. Inevitably, he will speak up for what Catholicism is. It is my fervent wish that he will have been able to build up so much good will that he’ll be able to speak Catholicism in a way wherein it mirrors the message of Jesus.

    • Catholic Lady says:

      I think that Pope Francis is walking the talk before the world. He is showing the world and Catholics by his actions what the message of Jesus is. “Love God, love your neighbour as yourself, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, forgive others etc.” Our Pope Francis already speaks up for Catholicism as he mirrors the message of the gospels.


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