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Pope Francis making waves since his election

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Pope Francis has made some waves since his election.

Father Charles Cimpl from St. Michael's Parish in Sioux Falls said, "I think we've seen that as he's gone out to kiss children and kiss even guys and women who were deformed and even pray for them and has just caught the world on fire with his enthusiasm for people and listening to people."

While he may be more blunt than other popes, Father Cimpl said it's nothing new.

Father Cimpl explained, "He's not doing anything that we haven't had from other popes."

Michelle Taffe was eager to see what Pope Francis would bring.

She said, "When he first was elected I was very, very excited about it and I get a lot of emails about what he has done and it was very, very exciting."

Pope Francis sent out a survey last month to gauge how Catholics feel on a variety of areas.

Ranging from same sex marriage to inter-faith marriage.

Father Cimpl said the survey was sent, partly because people were leaving the faith.

Taffe is glad to see the church is taking proactive steps to keep people in.

"If we can get an understanding of why they are leaving and help them out more, it's a good thing." She said.

Father Cimpl said, "I think he just wanted to make sure that we're not just listening to one group of people. That we're listening to a whole wide range of spectrums of people that might be hurting."

Catholic or not, a lot of people are taking note of the pope, which Father Cimpl said, is because of where he's from.

"He comes from being an Archbishop in a country where he had to deal with the press a lot. So he's very comfortable with the press, whereas some popes probably just didn't have that experience."

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