The Pope’s First Month: A Humble & Lighthearted Coolness

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Pope Francis attends his first general audience in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican on March 27, 2013. He made appeal for peace after coup in Central African Republic. Vandeville Eric/ABACA/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: abausaphotos913635

Well it’s been one month since Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Pope Francis I. And from all the great pictures we’ve been seeing, it seems to be going quite well! After the initial I-just-got-elected-pope jitters (which is completely understandable…), Pope Francis seems to have settled in quite comfortably, making me believe that being Pope isn’t so scary, and definitely gets easier with time.

Many people are saying that the Pope is setting a new tone in the papacy. By keeping things simple, denying a lavish lifestyle, and focusing on the poor, Pope Francis has shown a refreshing humility in his new role. Quite certainly not all talk, Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 young prisoners in a juvenile detention center on the Holy Thursday – the day Christianity celebrates Jesus’ Last Supper ahead of his crucifixion – during Holy Week. Pope Francis even paid for his own hotel bill the day after he was elected. Now, that’s a way to score some major bonus points…

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A photo made available by Osservatore Romano shows Pope Francis kissing the foot of a young offender during a mass celebrating The Last Supper of Christ in which he washed the feet of prisoners as “Casal del Marmo” institute for young offenders 28 March 2013. OSSERVATORE ROMANO/EPA/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: epaphotos805489

And, it really seems impossible for Pope Francis to greet anyone without a big, sincere smile. With his fun and animated facial expressions, we can’t get enough of this new Pope, and we hope you feel the same! Don’t miss any of his contagious smiles, and follow us back to Newscom for more!

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Pope Francis waves after the celebration of the Way of the Cross on Good Friday on March 29, 2013 at the Colosseum in Rome. Pope Francis presided over his first Good Friday which will culminate in a torch-lit procession at Rome’s Colosseum and prayers for peace in a Middle East “torn apart by injustice and conflicts”. AFP/Getty Images/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: afplivefive020437

My how times have changed. Who would’ve thought you’d be seeing men in white robes holding up smartphones, posting videos to social media sites? I guess with the Pope having over 2.3 million followers on Twitter, priests too must get in on the action.

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Priests makes videos as Pope Francis leads the Mass of the Chrism, his first Holy Thursday service as Roman Catholic leader in Saint Peter’s basilica at the Vatican on March 28, 2013. In his homily he urged Catholic priests to devote themselves to helping the poor and suffering instead of worrying about careers as Church ‘managers’. Vandeville Eric/ABACA/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: abausaphotos914040

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Apr 7, 2013 – Rome, Italy – Pope FRANCIS leads mass in St. John Basilica in Rome. Evandro Inetti/ZUMA Press/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: zumaamericaseight804286

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Books dedicated to Pope Francis and sold with the Repubblicca and Corriere delle Sera newpsaper issues of March 28, 2013 are displayed in a newspapers shop in Rome. Book at left reads “Pope Francis” and at right “The sky and earth”. ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: afplivefive018465

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Helma Schmidt holds up letters that she and her husband received from Jorge M. Bergoglio, today Pope Francis, in her home in Boppard, Germany, 21 March 2013. Bergoglio attended a two-month German course in 1985 at the Goethe Institute in Boppard and lived at the home of the Schmidt family during this time. THOMAS FREY/EPA/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: epaphotos796445

Pope Francis even accepted a jersey from his favorite soccer team, the San Lorenzo Soccer Club in Buenos Aires. Clearly he was excited!

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Pope Francis delivers Mass prior to his first ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica during Easter Mass in Vatican City, Vatican on March 31, 2013. Alessia Paradisi/ABACAUSA.COM/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: abausaphotos915988

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VATICAN CITY, VATICAN – MARCH 29 2013: Pope Francis prays on the floor during a Papal Mass with the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion inside St Peter’s Basilica. Pope Francis is taking part in his first holy week as pontiff and will later today preside over the Way Of the Cross procession at the Colosseum in Rome. CPP / Polaris/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: polphotos149088

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Pope Francis leads the Easter Holy mass in the churchyard of St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, 31 March 2013. Pope Francis presided over Easter Sunday Mass before tens of thousands of people in St Peter’s Square, in the climax of the most important Christian festival. He was to deliver his Easter message and impart the Urbi et Orbi (to the city and to the world) blessing from the balcony of St Peter’s Basilica at noon. Easter Sunday marks the resurrection of Jesus. ETTORE FERRARI/EPA/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: epaphotos807656

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Pope Francis (C) celebrates the Easter mass on March 31, 2013 at the Vatican. Pope Francis prepared to lead his first Easter Sunday celebrations with tens of thousands of people expected in St Peter’s Square for a mass marking the holiest day in the Christian calendar. AFP/Getty Images/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: afplivefive022216

Another job that comes along with being Pope–or any political figure for that matter–is apparently kissing lots of babies. When did this whole kissing babies thing come into political roles anyway?

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Pope Francis kisses a child during a weekly general audience in Saint Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican April 3, 2013. STEFANO RELLANDINI/REUTERS/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: rtrlfive821741

Maybe sometimes babies don’t want to be kissed? I wonder what all those kids say when they’re all grown up though, “…hey, guess what? I was kissed by the Pope. Yeah, no big deal.

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Pope Francis waves to faithfuls from the balcony of the Romes Saint John Lateran basilica, next to Cardinal Agostino Vallini, after having celebrated the mass and having been officially appointed Bishop of Rome. A. DE MEO/ANSA/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: spnphotosfour350349

Keep up with Pope Francis back at Newscom, and see all the latest pictures of the new Bishop of Rome!

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A boy holds a Pope Francis flag in Peter’s square at Vatican, as the pope lead his Regina Coeli prayer on April 7, 2013. GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: afplivefive030618

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General Audience of Pope Francis. Ettore Ferrari/ANSA/Splash News/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: spnphotosfour357532

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April 10,2013: Pope Francis blesses a boys as he leaves at the end of the weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Alessia Giuliani/CPP / Polaris/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: polphotos152861

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March 29, 2013 – Vatican City: Pope Francis leads the celebration of the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) on Good Friday at the Colosseum in Rome. The Pope delivered his blessing during the torchlight procession celebrated in front of the Colosseum. The Pope sat in silent prayer during this year’s Good Friday procession, which is re-enacting Christ’s crucifixion and recalling the wars and “violent fundamentalism” that are devastating the Middle East today. The Good Friday procession at Rome’s Colosseum is one of the most dramatic rituals of Holy Week, when Christians commemorate the death and resurrection of Christ. Antonello Nusca/Polaris/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: polphotos149080

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The Pope’s First Week: A Whirlwind of Instant Stardom

Pictures of the Week: Previous Popes

Papal Conclave: Electing the Bishop of Rome

Pictures of the Week: Notre Dame Bells & The 850th Anniversary

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