Pope Francis Appoints First Black American Cardinal | 22 Words

Pope Francis is seen by many as one of the most progressive Catholic Pope's of all time.

His thoughts on the LGBTQ+ community, on abortion, and just his general demeanor altogether, have made Pope Francis a very popular guy.

Now, he's appointed the first ever African American cardinal.

Keep scrolling to find out more...

Catholicism is a very popular religion worldwide.

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It is estimated that around 1.2 billion people follow the religion all around the world.

And who is in charge of the Catholic Church?

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The Pope, of course!

He is the worldwide leader of the religion...

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The Pope is also known as the supreme pontiff, and he is the official Bishop of Rome.

The Pope is a very important figure.

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The earliest record of a Pope figure dates back to the 11th Century.

There has been a total of 266 popes...

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So being elected as the Pope is a pretty big deal.

Pope Francis is the current standing Pope...

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And he is the first-ever Jesuit Pope - a member of the Society of Jesus.

Francis has been in power for many years now...

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He began working as a Catholic Priest in 1969, when he became the archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998 and was made a cardinal in 2001 by Pope John Paul II, but it wasn't until 2013 that he was elected as the Pope.

He is also a very well respected man...

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Throughout his public life, Pope Francis has been celebrated for his humility, emphasis on God's mercy, international visibility as pope, concern for the poor, and commitment to interfaith dialogue.

This means that members of the Catholic Church are often left starstruck when they meet Pope Francis.

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He regularly interacts with the public and members of the church and many of his followers are able to talk to him and receive words of wisdom and advice.

He's also a massively popular pope - as we found out last Christmas.

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It's no secret that Christmas is a very important holiday for the Catholic Church.

And on last New Year's Eve...

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The eighty-three-year-old Pope was passing through St. Peter's Square in Vatican City, Rome, which caused flocks of tourists to rush to the Pope's side to wish him a Merry Christmas.

He walkedf past the crowd, shaking hands with some of the eager on-lookers...

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And, in a recorded clip, tourists can be heard shouting, "Happy New Year" and "Pope!"

But one tourist was a little bit too eager...

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The clip shows Pope Francis making his way down the line of excited tourists when one woman suddenly reaches out and grabs his arm.

She pulls him back towards her...

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And, while you can't hear what she is frantically saying to him, she looks desperate for the Pope to hear what she has to say.

She continuously holds onto him and tugs his arm...

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And, although his security is just stood behind, Pope Francis takes things into his own hands by slapping the woman's hand to loosen her grip.

He didn't look happy...

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And walked away from the woman, who was being held back by security.

He later spoke out about the incident.

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When he apologized for losing his cool and said: "So many times, we lose patience... me too."

He feels he set a bad example...

He then added, "I say 'excuse me' for the bad example."

But it's rare for Pope Francis to lose his cool.

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And he's regarded across the globe as a very progressive pope.

And today is no exception.

After Francis announced he would be tapping Wilton Gregory to become the first Black American cardinal.

The Pope announced his decision today.

He made the decision earlier today from the Vatican City, saying that Gregory would be one of 13 to be appointed at a ceremony on Nov. 28.

Congratulations!

Gregory is known for guiding the Catholic Church through its response to the clergy sexual abuse crisis in the early 2000s. He's also known for trying to improve race religions with people of different colors and backgrounds. Congratulations Gregory.