What Makes Papa Frank So Likable (Especially Among Non-Catholics)?

We’d love to know what you think the reasons for his immense popularity are.

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Cathleen Falsani is an award-winning religion journalist and author of the critically acclaimed The God Factor: Inside the Spiritual Lives of Public People, Sin Boldly: A Field Guide for Grace, The Dude Abides: The Gospel According to the Coen Brothers, BELIEBER: Fame, Faith and the Heart of Justin Bieber, and the newly released Disquiet Time: A Devotional for Ordinary Skeptics (edited with co-author Jennifer Grant and published by Jericho Books, Oct. 2014.)

  • http://cathleenfalsani.wordpress.com tgf

    His is a love-forward, open-and-inviting, crystal clear message of God’s grace, mercy, and audacious love for all people. That’s a start.

  • Jen Johnson

    To me, he does what Jesus would do.

  • https://plus.google.com/106544391721193950827 Marty Jones

    I think Papa Frank’s popularity stems from his connection to Jesus. People flocked to hear Jesus, because they heard Grace being taught instead of Law; similarly, people flock to Papa Frank because he speaks the same message Jesus spoke.

    In a Sojourners article I read the other day, the author suggested that we aren’t really in a post-Christian era; that we are moving into a pre-Christian era. For decades the teachings of the ‘whitewashed tomb’ have filled the media, and consequently, the current media-driven generation. However, the church is once again beginning to go beyond Law into Grace; and demonstrating that the purpose of the Church is to invite the broken and those that desire Peace.

  • Jan

    I think non-Catholics AND Catholics like Pope Francis because he makes everyone feel feel included, not excluded or marginalized. He embraces all differences, “who am I to judge”….He is close to the people, he is human…His actions are seamless with the teachings of the church. He LIVES the Gospel.

  • berly57

    The new pope, Pope Francis, seems to me to be refreshingly humble and accessible which is how I perceive Jesus was, how the gospels and the Pauline letters describe him. He seems to have effectively resisted the lures of power and fame that so many humans, even past popes, have succumbed to. He stands tall as an advocate for the poor and oppressed and proclaims the grace of God to everyone, including non-Catholics like me. When would Jesus have ever denied anyone access to God’s grace – made most visible in his own sacrifice that we remember most visibly in the Eucharist? Pope Francis is the best human example of living as Christ invites us all to live, at least in my lifetime.

  • Ashley


    He does justly, loves mercy, and walks humbly with his God (from what I can tell, as one who sees thru a glass darkly).

  • John Versteege

    The following analogy came to my mind…Francis is like Peter, the biblical figure… He is like a fisherman who is not afraid to rock the boat so to speak…

    Also, Paul of Tarsus, after his conversion, was not afraid of proclaiming his new found truth and faith.

    Francis’s example is Jesus, and so, he is willing to follow in His steps for they are the path, indeed…

    He has no fear, for he has become, in all encompassing humility, the earthly spiritual leader, and there are no re-election in the Vatican.

    And he also gets the sense that he, through his determination and conviction, has become a catalyst to deeper spirituality, discovery and faith, and this not only to catholics…

    WOW…Blessings are pouring from heaven…

    Let us rejoice! :-)

    John Versteege

  • http://charlescarper.com/blog Charles Carper

    He has an incredible quality of mercy and though he does not excuse sin, he chooses to see grace more. (“Where sin abounds, grace abounds more.”)

  • Deb

    As a non-Catholic, I appreciate the call of “Papa Frank” to remind Christians to speak the truth in love and to challenge the attitudes of business as usual in this money-crazed, power-worshipping, world of ours. Sobering and yet refreshing