The new prelate is rewriting the rules in his first year at the Vatican. Here are a few of Francis’s symbolic moves and statements.
A church ''poor and for the poor'' Pope Francis temporarily relieved German Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst from his post Oct. 23, following reports of his penchant for luxury items, earning him the nickname, "Bishop of Bling.'' The bishop’s exploits, including a $42 million renovation of his residence and first-class plane flight to India, goes against the doctrine Francis has espoused for a more humble church that needs to think of its poorest members first. (Pictured: the pope greeting the faithful in Assissi, Italy, on Oct. 4.) Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images Buy Photo