Francis was dubbed “The People’s Pope” by Time magazine for his preaching of humility and his defense of the poor. By choosing cardinals from some of the poorest nations and preaching against “selfishness and individualism” while visiting a slum in Brazil, he has stressed helping the poor as a core part of the church’s mission.
Pope Francis notably washed the feet of prisoners and women during a Holy Thursday ceremony, showing a broader inclusion in the church.
During a 2013 address, a young boy wandered onstage and walked straight over to Francis. Instead of shooing the boy away, Francis held him by his side and continued his homily.
Instead of being chauffeured around the Vatican, Francis drives a donated 1984 Renault 4. The priest who gave the car to Francis said that "The security personnel next to me were very concerned because they understood that from now on he would be tooling around the Vatican in my car."
Like past popes, Francis has lent his signature to charitable causes, like this autographed leather jacket auctioned off for charity.
Francis eschewed the traditional Mercedes vehicles for something more accessible: a Chevy Focus. Some see this as a message consistent with the way the Pope dresses as a common priest.
Pope Francis, center, poses for a selfie photo during a meeting with the Eucharistic Youth Movement in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015.
Faithful take selfies with Pope Francis during his visit at the St. Joseph parish church in Rome, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. Pope Francis is encouraging people to strive for joy, telling his worldwide flock, "We've never heard of a sad saint." Some 50,000 people came to St. Peter's Square to cheer the pope during his traditional Sunday window appearance. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis wears an indigenous headdress given to him by Ubirai Matos from the Pataxo tribe, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 27, 2013.
Children gather around Pope Francis during his visit to a suburb of Naples, Italy, March 21, 2015. Pope Francis made an impassioned defense of the unemployed during a speech there.
Pope Francis leaves at the end of a meeting with relatives of innocent mafia victims, in Rome, March 21, 2014. Francis has warned mobsters they will go to hell if they don't repent.
Pope Francis blesses sick and disabled people at the end of a pro-life Mass in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, June 16, 2013.
Pope Francis blesses a child as he rides on the popemobile to celebrate mass in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 28, 2013.
Backdropped by Copacabana beachfront, Pope Francis waves to journalist as he starts his ride on the popemobile in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 28, 2013.