There’s no denying it, Pope Francis has been doing his best to make the Catholic Church a more welcoming place since he was appointed back in 2013 and recently, he told parents some things that others have described as very “controversial.”
It is estimated that around 1.2 billion people follow the religion all around the world.The Pope is also known as the supreme pontiff, and he is the official Bishop of Rome.And he is the first-ever Jesuit Pope – a member of the Society of Jesus.
He began working as a Catholic Priest in 1969, when he became the archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998 and was made a cardinal in 2001 by Pope John Paul II, but it wasn’t until 2013 that he was elected as the Pope.
Throughout his public life, Pope Francis has been celebrated for his humility, emphasis on God’s mercy, international visibility as pope, concern for the poor, and commitment to interfaith dialogue.This means that members of the Catholic Church are often left starstruck when they meet Pope Francis.
He regularly interacts with the public and members of the church and many of his followers are able to talk to him and receive words of wisdom and advice.This week, the Pope has been meeting with 2 marginalized groups within Catholicism; the LGBTQ+ community and children with autism to offer them some words of encouragement.