13 Mar Growing Up Catholic
In the two years since he stepped out onto the balcony over St. Peter’s Square and asked the world to pray for him, Pope Francis continues to grow in popularity among Catholics in the U.S.
The Pew Research Center reports that nine-in-ten America now have a favorable view of Francis, a level of support approaching the favorability of Pope John Paul II during the height of his papacy.
While reports of Pope Francis’s popularity will surprise few, it might come as more of a shock to some that Francis is only now approaching the popularity of John Paul II. How can that be?
One group who isn’t surprised by the reminder of John Paul’s popularity: Catholic millennials.
As we now enter adulthood, many millennials — often dubbed the “JPII Generation” of Catholics born and raised during his papacy — understand Pope Francis as continuing a counter-cultural revolution ignited by John Paul II.