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Pope Francis greets the faithful prior to his first 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica during Easter Mass on March 31, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican.
One year ago, white smoke announced the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis. He took over following the resignation of his predecessor Pope Benedict, and so far, he's been seen as much more progressive, tolerant, and welcoming:
"The church is not the church only for good people. Do we want to say who belongs to the church? The sinners. All of us sinners have been invited. You either enter with everyone or you remain outside."
He definitely has several fans among KPCC's Catholic listeners.
Jim Hassinger wrote to us on Facebook: "Francis's Church is something I respect in the same way I respected some of the Jesuits who taught me. Benedict's church was why I left."
For a look at Pope Francis's first year, we're joined by the BBC's David Willey, based in Rome.