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.
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Catholicism is a very popular religion worldwide.
via: Getty ImagesIt is estimated that around 1.2 billion people follow the religion all around the world.
And who is in charge of the Catholic Church?
via: Getty ImagesThe Pope, of course!
He is the worldwide leader of the religion...
via: Getty ImagesThe Pope is also known as the supreme pontiff, and he is the official Bishop of Rome.
The Pope is a very important figure.
via: Getty ImagesThe earliest record of a Pope figure dates back to the 11th Century.
There has been a total of 266 popes...
via: Getty ImagesSo being elected as the Pope is a pretty big deal.
Pope Francis is the current standing Pope...
via: Getty ImagesAnd he is the first-ever Jesuit Pope - a member of the Society of Jesus.
Francis has been in power for many years now...
via: Getty ImagesHe 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...
via: Getty ImagesThroughout 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.
via: Getty ImagesHe 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.
via: Getty ImagesIt's no secret that Christmas is a very important holiday for the Catholic Church.
And on last New Year's Eve...
via: Getty ImagesThe 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...
via: Getty ImagesAnd, in a recorded clip, tourists can be heard shouting, "Happy New Year" and "Pope!"
But one tourist was a little bit too eager...
via: 10News WTSPThe 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...
via: 10News WTSPAnd, 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...
via: 10News WTSPAnd, 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...
via: 10News WTSPAnd walked away from the woman, who was being held back by security.
He later spoke out about the incident.
via: Getty ImagesWhen 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.
via: Getty ImagesAnd he's regarded across the globe as a very progressive pope.