Pope Francis covers the February edition of Rolling Stone magazine.
Excerpt from the interview: “It is the 77-year-old Pope’s status as a religious and cultural icon, who has not only able to mix modesty, humanness and likeability but also has helped galvanize the Catholic faith. The story comes on the heels of Francis being named TIME’s person of the year.
Eventually, he moves to greet the crowd. Benedict, a dour academic, kept this portion of the general audience to a minimum,” noting that attendance at papal events has tripled to 6.6 million since the election of Francis in March 2013. “But Francis, like Bill Clinton, thrives on personal contact, and he spends the better part of an hour greeting believers.”
The article continues: “Francis has consistently confounded expectations with the simplest of gestures: surprising desk clerks at the hotel where he’d been staying during the papal conclave by showing up to pay his own bill … cracking up cardinals with jokes at his own expense hours after being elected (to those assembled at his first official dinner as pope, he deadpanned, ‘May God forgive you for what you’ve done’).”
Barrack Obama, Beyonce, Madonna, P.Diddy, Jennifer Aniston, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev(Boston suicide bomber) and several other influential people have all graced the cover of rolling stone magazine.