After his two years as pope, ‘Francis effect’ has taken hold

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March 11, 2015

Pope Francis pictured during visit to St. Mary Mother of the Redeemer Parish on outskirts of Rome

Pope Francis (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Within two years of becoming pope, Pope Francis now has an effect named after him.

This “Francis effect” provides both comfort and challenges to Catholics, according to a panel of U.S. Catholic leaders speaking during a March 10 teleconference organized by Faith in Public Life.

“One of the most significant things about Pope Francis is the way in which he is reimagining how the church presents itself to the world,” said Jesuit Father Thomas Reese, a senior analyst for the National Catholic Reporter newspaper.

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