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What We Can Learn From Pope Francis

PopefrancisPope Francis has been named Time magazine's Person of the Year. This comes nine months after becoming the leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

Time magazine: "For pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets, for committing the world's largest church to confronting its deepest needs and for balancing judgment with mercy, Pope Francis is Time's 2013 Person of the Year."

Why? What is it about Pope Francis that stands out in a secular age filled with cynicism toward Christians, religion, and the church?

Pope Francis lives out his Christian faith without a hint of hypocrisy or selfishness. This is compelling when a whopping 85 percent of people surveyed say that "church people are a bunch of hypocrites," according to a study quoted in Thom and Joani Schultz's book Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore. And in the same book: 87 percent of Americans label Christians as judgmental.

But this Pope is turning that around. He embodies what most people believe Christianity should be about. He shows people what Jesus is like when he washes the feet of a Muslim woman in prison. When he embraces a severely disfigured man. When he blesses children. When he refuses to judge gay people. When he eschews the papacy apartment for a humble abode.

This humble man is showing all of us-Christians and not-what it means to follow in Christ's steps. I'm not a Catholic, but I have to say I'm a big fan of this guy.

Even after getting the Time honor, Pope Francis said that he's not doing what he does for honors but if this helps get his message out, then he's happy.

He speaks the truth. He shows compassion. He reminds me of Jesus.

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