Both Time Magazine and the LGBT magazine The Advocate named Pope Francis their “Person of the Year.” Members of the Religion Newswriters’ Association voted him the number one newsmaker of 2013 and Huffington Post deemed the new Pope the year’s top religion story. But what do everyday Americans think about Pope Francis, who celebrated his 77th birthday this past week? Journalist Sarah Posner has been looking at how people in the pews – as well as disaffected Catholics and people of other faith traditions – view this still-new pope. She talks to Welton this week about her observations and analysis.

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