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Pope Francis: Rolling Stone's new rockstar

Hindustantimes.com  New Delhi, January 29, 2014
First Published: 11:20 IST(29/1/2014) | Last Updated: 18:07 IST(29/1/2014)

There's just no stopping the people's Pope. After appearing on the cover of Time's magazine, he has now invaded the space usually reserved for rock and movie stars - the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

The magazine has given the 'rockstar' treatment to the story as well, headlining it 'Pope Francis: The Times They Are A-Changin' in a nod to Bob Dylan's iconic track.

The Pope has done a lot to deserve it too. Since March when he was elevated to the post, he has ensured that attendance to papal events has tripled to 6.6 million.

The 77-year-old Argentine pontiff is renowned for throwing off his security and plunging into the crowds to greet pilgrims, and often uses jokes or stories to spread the values of the Church.

Pope Francis on the cover of Rolling Stone


The Pope is a keen Twitter user himself, regularly posting tweets on his own feeds in nine languages, which boast more than 10 million followers in total.

He also offered some clickable moments which left the people on social media asking for more - sporting a red clown nose to the indulgent treatment of a young boy who climbed onto the dais and then Pope's chair while he was delivering a sermon.

The magazine says, "By eschewing the papal palace for a modest two-room apartment, by publicly scolding church leaders for being "obsessed" with divisive social issues like gay marriage, birth control and abortion ("Who am I to judge?" Francis famously replied when asked his views on homosexual priests)… the Pope revealed his own obsessions to be more in line with the boss' son."

The latest is graffiti in Vatican by an anonymous artist which portrays Francis as a superman, flying through the air with his white cape billowing out behind him. Speeding forwards with his fist raised, the heroic pontiff -- crucifix swinging in the wind -- carries his trademark black bag, with the word "values" written across it, in Spanish.

Watch the video of little boy 'upstaging' the Pope.
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(with inputs from Agencies.)

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