In seven months, Pope Francis, has taken a difference stance on controversial issues more than any other Pope in recent history.
Pope Francis was named the 266th Pope on March 13. Since becoming the leader of the Catholic Church, Francis has been completely different than other Popes, taking a contemporary view on hot buttons issues in the church, including homosexuality, abortion and contraception. And with a new approach to leading the church, Catholics at St. Joseph's Cathedral are happy with the new Holy Father.
"I think he's a more modern pope. I think he's going to be a bit more broad minded about most these issues, and I like that about him, because we need more broad-mindeness," Catholic Mary Zabdyr said.
Francis conducts himself as more down to earth, being much more hands-on in public. This is a plus in the eyes of many catholics, because it was something lacking from past Popes.
"Well that's part of what's so exciting about him. Everybody has their own style and personalities," Catholic Matt Billion said.
"I like that he gets together with people and is more of a public figure, we need a little bit more of that," Zabdyr said.
With his stands on the issues and how he carries himself, Mary Zabdyr believes that Pope Francis is perfect for connecting with the youth of the church.
"I think the younger generations need a lot more guidance, and I think he's going to be good for them too, and I think they're going to like him," Zabdyr said.
And while he is making people of the church happy here, members believe he is going to be praised outside of KELOLAND.
"I think he is being well received by Catholics and the world in general," Billion said.
Today, Pope Francis lead a prayer for victims of a major boat wreck off the coast of Africa that killed more than 300 people as they were fleeing violence, poverty and oppression on Thursday.