25 reasons why Pope Francis is cool

25 reasons why Pope Francis is cool

Pope Francis rides a bus every day

  1. Anyone who rides the bus is cool.
  2. Anyone who joyfully rides the bus is WAY cool.
  3. Everyone thinks driving a car is a right. Or that it’s a staple. Not Pope Francis. He turns down driving a car.
  4. Not only does he not use a car, he turns down a chauffeur-driven car.

Pope Francis lives in an apartment

  1. He doesn’t need to have a house, like everyone desires.
  2. He lives in an apartment. An apartment is fine, thank you.
  3. He lives in a small apartment. That’s what I read, I don’t know how small it is. But I’ll take it for what it is. Small apartments rule.

Pope Francis was against people spending money to take an airflight to see him be ordained as a cardinal. (source: Yahoo News)

  1. He didn’t want money to be wasted flying.
  2. Wasteful flying is not good for the environment (one airflight from NY to San Fran equals the same carbon emissions as the average American car in an entire year).
  3. He wanted the money to be donated to the hungry.

“Those who know him describe the Archbishop of Buenos Aires and primate of Argentina as a shy, softly-spoken man who shuns high society.” (source: The Austrialian)

  1. I’m not a fan of celebrities and celebrity gossip. Now, I don’t think many cardinals like celebrity gossip, but since Pope Francis doesn’t like high society, you can bet he doesn’t like celebrity gossip. People who don’t like celebrity gossip are cool.

His dad was a rail worker who emigrated from northern Italy. (source: Chicago Tribune)

  1. Anyone that is a son of an immigrant was raised in a different way than the rest of America. Generally speaking, Americans have this expectancy that we deserve things. Sons of immigrants have perspective on life where you don’t deserve things.
  2. His dad was a rail worker. Trains rule.

Initially trained as a chemist, Bergoglio taught literature, psychology, philosophy and theology before taking over as Buenos Aires archbishop in 1998. (Source: Al Jazeera)

  1. Ok, that’s a lot to digest there. Just that list itself is awesome. literature, psychology, philosophy and theology.
  2. Literature teachers rule. My gf is an English teacher.
  3. Psychology teachers rule. My mom was a psychology major in college.
  4. I wonder what some of his favorite books are, the dude is an expert on literature!
  5. Philosophy teacher. Cool.
  6. Theology teacher. Cool.
  7. Trained as a chemist? WTF Pope Francis is a superman! Does he do ceramics too? I bet he does!

Pope Francis had a lung removed when he was a teenager. (source: Huffington Post)

  1. Superhero abilities, confirmed.

Time reports: Catholics are still buzzing over his speech last year accusing fellow church officials of hypocrisy for forgetting that Jesus Christ bathed lepers and ate with prostitutes. “In our ecclesiastical region there are priests who don’t baptise the children of single mothers because they weren’t conceived in the sanctity of marriage,” Bergoglio told his priests. “These are today’s hypocrites. … And this poor girl who, rather than returning the child to sender, had the courage to carry it into the world, must wander from parish to parish so that it’s baptised,” he has said.

  1. He delivers the smackdown on other Catholics.
  2. He gives love to the unloved.
  3. He wants to see babies be baptized.

Bergoglio compared this concept of Catholicism, “this Church of ‘come inside so we make decisions and announcements between ourselves and those who don’t come in, don’t belong'”, to the Pharisees of Christ’s time: people who congratulate themselves while condemning others. (source: politico)

  1. He delivers more smackdown on elitist Catholics.

Honorable mentions
Some people might give him props for cooking his own meals. But meh, that’s not a biggie to me. I mean it’s cool, so I’ll put it on as an honorable mention cool.

Also the fact that he’s the first Latin American pope. That’s cool. But the race thing doesn’t make a big deal to me. Maybe it should. But it seems very standard to use that as a reason for him being cool. “Oh, he’s Latin American!” That’s what everyone will be saying. I’d rather have 25 other reasons why.

2 thoughts on “25 reasons why Pope Francis is cool

  1. The Roman Catholic Church has been at the forefront of condemning abortion. No other church body in the world has been nearly as vocal and active as the RCC and major props to them. It’s comforting to see Pope Francis will continue to lead this stance. That’s number one on my list.

    I am also happy to see he is a traditionalist in doctrine and practice. This relates to a wide spectrum of topics including many issues hotly debated in our society.

  2. God bless Pope Francis I!! Thank you for writing this post, Matt. It makes my soul/heart happy to know that you’re a fan of the new pope. I, too, think there are 25+ reasons why Pope Francis may bring new perspective and light to Catholicism. Educated, humble, and honest…he embodies the qualities that I feel speak VOLUMES about an individual’s spirit. No doubt about it…he’s a man of integrity and faith.

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