It's pretty much an inarguable fact: Pope Francis is the most popular Pope in many years.
We've already shared a video delving into the background of this pontiff, in honor of his historic trip to the United States, but now it's time to take an even deeper dive.
Here's a rundown of reasons why Pope Francis is, quite simply, The Man:
He Ditched the Pope Mobile
After John Paul II got shot, the Vatican constructed a bullet-proof vehicle meant to protect the pontiff. But Francis considers himself a man of the people and is driven around in an ordinary car.
A picture of Francis embracing Vinicia Riva, a man covered in boils, went viral for all the right reasons. It hopefully inspired millions of people to accept all people at all times.
Who is He to Judge the Gay Lifestyle?
Well, he's the Pope. That's kind of what he's supposed to do. But millions of people out there applauded his stance on homosexuality.
He Kissed the Feet of Prisoners
Francis spent Holy Week at Casal del Marmo jail for minors. To commemorate the passion and forgiveness of Jesus Christ, he kissed the feet of 12 young inmates.
He Has Respect for All Cultures
The Pope visited Brazil and took park in an Amazon Rainforest ceremony, showing his respect for all cultures.