By Mark Abrams
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Today marks the one-year anniversary of the election of Pope Francis as leader of the world’s Roman Catholics.
A little-known cardinal from Argentina took the name of a beloved saint whose life stood for humility and simplicity.
And, in the year he has been shepherd, Pope Francis has set a new tone for a church rocked in recent years by scandal and division.
Rocco Palmo is a Philadelphia-based journalist who writes about the papacy.
“So, beyond that humility, beyond that common touch is that sense of determination saying: ‘I’m setting the bar for myself even higher, but I have the faith and the trust and the confidence in myself that I can clear it.'”
Palmo says while some criticize the slow pace of reform, he says it’s clear the pope will tread gently, but deliberately with change.