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Francis Effect

'Pope's Theologian' Reveals The Brains Behind Francis' Heart

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 04.04.2015 | Religion

ROME (RNS) Pope Francis has repeatedly said he expects his papacy to be a brief one, but Cardinal Walter Kasper is working to ensure that the pontiff...

Nearly 6 Million People Traveled To The Vatican To See Pope Francis In 2014

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.31.2014 | Religion

If you need more proof of Pope Francis’ rock star status, look no further than this report from Rome. Faithful Catholics had the chance to see P...

The One 'Pope Francis Effect' That May Be True

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 03.16.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Pope Francis’ enormous popularity may not have translated into more parishioners in the pews or penitents in the confessional, but a new surve...

Will 'Cafeteria Catholics' Go Hungry Under Pope Francis?

Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

Will so-called "cafeteria Catholics" go hungry under Pope Francis? The Guardian's Sam Jones recently wrote, The challenge for Pope Francis will b...

Pope Francis Effect? What Pope Francis Effect?

Posted 11.25.2013 | Religion

Italy's Center for Studies on New Religions reported in November that half of the priests surveyed reported a "significant rise in church attendance" ...

The 'Francis Effect' And What It Means For The Church

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 08.03.2013 | Religion

(Reuters) - Some say his trip last week to Brazil, capped by a Mass for 3 million on Copacabana Beach, and the 80-minute, unfiltered news conference o...