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Pope Francis has achieved a new milestone, joining generations of influential figures in the worlds of politics, pop culture and life who have covered Rolling Stone.

The 266th and current of the Roman Catholic Church, who cracks a smile and waves to the camera in the cover photo, has become a rock star of sorts.

Perhaps it's not surprising that he's the first pontiff to be treated as such ...

Pope Francis Rolling Stone Cover

The cover story? An appropriately titled homage to Bob Dylan's classic song, and Francis' new reign, "Pope Francis: The Times They Are A-Changin.'"

The article offers readers a peek "inside the Pope's gentle revolution."

"Since his election last March, Francis has consistently confounded expectations with the simplest of gestures," writer Mark Binelli explains of the 77-year-old.

Whether he's paying his own bills, kissing disfigured strangers, joking at his own expense or spreading a message of inclusion, Francis has won wide acclaim.

It's not just Rolling Stone. Pope Francis is Time's Person of the Year for 2013, and was also given such an honor by The Advocate for his views on gays.

Check out lots more head-turning Rolling Stone covers below ...

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the new cover of Rolling Stone, which may have hit a new low with this one.


True Blood Rolling Stone Cover

2. True Blood Rolling Stone Cover

Does it get any hotter than this?!? True Blood stars Alexander Skarsgard, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer cover this issue of Rolling Stone... naked!


Miley Cyrus Rolling Stone Cover

3. Miley Cyrus Rolling Stone Cover

Miley Cyrus isn't wearing a shirt for this cover of Rolling Stone. What do you think of the racy pic?


Barack Obama Rolling Stone Cover

4. Barack Obama Rolling Stone Cover

Barack Obama covers this issue of Rolling Stone. He goes off a bit on Mitt Romney inside.


Taylor Swift Rolling Stone Cover

5. Taylor Swift Rolling Stone Cover

Taylor Swift covers this issue of Rolling Stone. Insider, she addresses a few rumors about her love life.


Gossip Girl Rolling Stone Cover

6. Gossip Girl Rolling Stone Cover

Man, Gossip Girl stars Blake Lively and Leighton Meester make you wanna break the law. Or read Rolling Stone. Just kidding - they're both 21, and who reads Rolling Stone anymore?


Jennifer Lawrence Rolling Stone Cover

7. Jennifer Lawrence Rolling Stone Cover

Jennifer Lawrence graces this cover of Rolling Stone. She is America's new It Girl, of course, and for a good reason.


Justin Bieber Rolling Stone Cover

8. Justin Bieber Rolling Stone Cover

Justin Bieber is a man now! That's the message he sends out in this Rolling Stone issue.


Justin Bieber Rolling Stone Cover (Again)

9. Justin Bieber Rolling Stone Cover (Again)

The kid photographed here is long gone by now.


Christina Aguilera Rolling Stone Cover

10. Christina Aguilera Rolling Stone Cover

... with a guitar! Christina Aguilera hides the best stuff from fans on this cover shot.


Charlie Sheen Rolling Stone Cover

11. Charlie Sheen Rolling Stone Cover

Charlie Sheen covers this issue of Rolling Stone and also opens up in it. He says he was in "total denial" about his drug problem.


Pope Francis Rolling Stone Cover

12. Pope Francis Rolling Stone Cover

Pope Francis on the cover of Rolling Stone in early 2014. He's kind of a rock star, that Pope.


George Clooney Rolling Stone Cover

13. George Clooney Rolling Stone Cover

George Clooney is featured on this cover of Rolling Stone. Inside the issue, the actor speaks on a serious injury he suffered on the set of Syriana in 2005.


Katy Perry Rolling Stone Cover

14. Katy Perry Rolling Stone Cover

Katy Perry covers Rolling Stone, and looks smoking hot. What, are you surprised?


Katy Perry Rolling Stone Cover (Again)

15. Katy Perry Rolling Stone Cover (Again)

Katy Perry on the cover of Rolling Stone. Enough. Said.


John Mayer Rolling Stone Cover

16. John Mayer Rolling Stone Cover

Katy's man has also covered the magazine.


Lorde Rolling Stone Cover

17. Lorde Rolling Stone Cover

Lorde is the next big thing in music. She covers this issue of Rolling Stone.


Tupac Rolling Stone Cover

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Lady Gaga Rolling Stone Cover

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One of several for Gaga during her reign.


Lady Gaga Nude Rolling Stone Cover

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The one that started it all.


Snooki Rolling Stone Cover

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Jon Hamm Rolling Stone Cover

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Jon Hamm is featured on this cover of Rolling Stone. Inside, he dishes on Mad Men, the size of his penis and more.


Mad Men Rolling Stone Cover

23. Mad Men Rolling Stone Cover

Jon Hamm again, with the cast of Mad Men.


Taylor Lautner Rolling Stone Cover

24. Taylor Lautner Rolling Stone Cover

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Megan Fox Rolling Stone Cover

25. Megan Fox Rolling Stone Cover

Megan Fox covers this issue of Rolling Stone. The photo pretty much speaks for itself.


Rihanna Rolling Stone Cover

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Rihanna on the cover of Rolling Stone. Looking fine as can be we might add.


Miranda Kerr Rolling Stone Cover

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Fergie Rolling Stone Cover

28. Fergie Rolling Stone Cover

Also known as Stacy Ferguson and looking pretty good on this Rolling Stone cover.


Julia Louis-Dreyfus Rolling Stone Cover

29. Julia Louis-Dreyfus Rolling Stone Cover

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is very nude on this cover of Rolling Stone. And she looks very good.


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In a sign of how far the gay rights movement has come, Pope Francis has been named 2013 Person of the Year by The Advocate, a prominent LGBT magazine.

"While 2013 will be remembered for the work of hundreds in advancing marriage equality," The Advocate wrote, "it will also be remembered for the example of one man."

Pope Francis, who has single-handedly sought to unite, rather than divide the Catholic Church and all of humanity, was named Time Person of the Year as well.

Pope Francis on The Advocate

The Pontiff has not supported gay marriage, but he has called for the end of the church's "obsession" with gays and abortion and said he does not judge gay people.

That, symbolically, put the finishing touch on 2013, The Year of Gay Marriage.

From statehouses to the Supreme Court, and from shifting public opinion to politicians' "evolutions," the year saw many milestones. The Pope certainly wasn't alone.

After all, 2013 likely would not have happened were it not for 2012, when President Barack Obama finally embraced same-sex marriage and went on to win reelection.

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Pope Francis proves he deserves Time's Person of the Year title once again. In a recent interview with La Stompa magazine, Pope Francis publicly supported moms nursing in public, joining the ranks of people ranging from poet Hollie McNish to supermodel Gisele Bundchen who champion breastfeeding in public.

Hey, baby's gotta eat, right? That's what the Pope thinks.

When asked about the state of the world's hungry and what could be done, Pope Francis replied that "people should recycle food and be less wasteful." 

He also said that mothers should not be ashamed to feed their babies when they're hungry and told a story about a time when he encouraged a mother to feed her baby.

"The other day there was a young mother behind one of the barriers with a baby that was just a few month s old. The child was crying its eyes out as I came past. The mother was caressing it. I said to her: madam, I think the child’s hungry. “Yes, it’s probably time…” she replied. “Please give it something to eat!” I said. She was shy and didn’t want to breastfeed in public, while the Pope was passing. I wish to say the same to humanity: give people something to eat!"

While many openly disparage mothers who choose to breastfeed their children in public, the Pope's open acceptance and acknowledgement of the practice as healthy and normal is a breath of fresh air to many.

This is clearly not a man for whom breastfeeding infants is an issue. Can we high-five His Holiness?

Pope Francis Supports Public Breastfeeding

Do you think moms should breastfeed in public?

 

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Pope Francis' compassionate nature was poignantly captured in an instantly iconic image of him tenderly comforting a sick man by kissing him on the head.

At the end of his General Audience in Vatican City on Wednesday, when 50,000 attendees gathered with him, someone snapped the picture of the pontiff:

Pope Embraces Disfigured Man

Francis embraced the man afflicted with neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes pain and the formation of thousands of tumors on the body.

In the photo, the unnamed man buries his head in Francis' robes as the Pope puts his hand on his head, an image that went viral almost immediately.

Francis then leaned in to kiss the ailing man.

"True charity requires courage," the Pope Tweeted in September. "Let us over come the fear of getting our hands dirty so as to help those in need."

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Pope Francis has once again come out in favor of tolerance for all, regardless of sexual orientation.

A couple months after saying he is in no position to judge a gay person, the 76-year old pontiff gave an in-depth interview to Italian Jesuit magazine La Civilta Cattolica and reiterated this unexpected stance.

"We must always consider the person," Francis said. "In life, God accompanies persons, and we must accompany them, starting from their situation. It is necessary to accompany them with mercy. When that happens, the Holy Spirit inspires the priest to say the right thing."

The Pope does not believe his view veers from the teachings of the Catholic Church, saying God endorses the "existence" of all people with "love."

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Pope Francis has once again broken from tradition.

The religious figure, who shocked many last month when he said he would not pass judgment on homosexuals, posed this week for what many consider to be the first-ever pontiff selfie.

The head of the Catholic Church followed the lead of a few Vatican visitors who turned their camera phone on themselves and then posted the picture on Twitter.

As you can imagine, the image has gone more viral than a multiple-person pool alley-oop.

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Pope Francis had a busy week in Brazil, visiting slums and prisons, blessing the Olympic flag and bringing three million people to mass on Sunday.

But it was on the plane back to Rome where the newly-anointed pontiff took questions from reporters and made perhaps his biggest headline of the trip.

Pope Francis Photograph

According to the Wall Street Journal, he was asked about homosexuality, the reported "gay lobby" and the topic of gay priests in the Catholic Church.

Here is how Pope Francis, 76, broached the delicate, hypothetical question of how he would respond to finding out that a cleric in his ranks was gay.

"Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord?" the pontiff said, speaking in Italian. "You can't marginalize these people."

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When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis Wednesday, he became an instant celebrity - and one that people have many questions about.

The 266th pope is the first Jesuit to lead the Roman Catholic Church, the first Latin American, and the first to succeed a living pope in 600 years.

Pope Francis Photo

He is also the first to take the papal name of Francis. In terms of his theology, though, the 76-year-old Argentine is a traditional and conservative selection.

How so? Here are five things to know about Pope Francis, who until yesterday was known as the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Bergoglio.

1. He's the first Latin-American and Jesuit pope ... but what is a Jesuit?

The Jesuits were founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola in 1534 as an order of priests and brothers who took a vow of poverty, chastity and obedience.

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If there is ever a movie to be made about Pope Francis, we have found its lead.

The 266th head of the Roman Catholic Church, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, is a dead-ringer for Arrested Development star Jeffrey Tambor!

Take a look at His Holiness and the actor who plays George Bluth Sr. Below ...

Pope and JT

Tambor is eight years younger than Pope Francis, 76, but there's a definite resemblance, no? You'd have a hard time finding someone who better looks the part.

You'd also have a hard time reading these Arrested Development quotes and not laughing aloud. You're welcome, L.A. casting agents and AD fans alike.

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