Pope Francis’ pro-science stand raises hopes for a more open Catholic Church

January 3, 2015 8:18 AM

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His Holiness, Pope Francis has always maintained simplicity, humility, and compassion for the poor. His unconventional ways like hugging children and the disabled, walking to greet the crowd, reaching out to non-Catholics, his telephone calls and tweets, and selfies with the people, have earned him a lot of appreciation from people over the world, no matter what their race or religion.

“Francis Effect,” has resulted in a significant rise in church attendance in parishes worldwide, the biggest increase of which was in long-lapsed Catholics. There has also been a confession boom as a result of “Francis Effect.”, with people going to confess and many saying that they are touched by t...

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