He takes selfies (Popies?). He cruises around in a Ford Focus. He tweets in nine languages.

This is no ordinary pope—this is Pope Francis, a man who has given the Vatican a fresh and modern spin. And (in case you’ve been hiding under a rock somewhere), he’s arriving in Washington, DC today before heading to New York City and Philadelphia later in the week.

Before his historic visit to the East Coast this week, read up on the Argentine man of the people in these—and many more—articles. Not yet a Next Issue subscriber? Start your free trial now.

The People's Pope: Coming to America


He prioritizes the poor and suffering, remains nonjudgmental about abortion, and eats in the Vatican workers’ mess hall.

Our Man in the Vatican

Vanity Fair

A spiritual leader who is both “true to himself and to the core Catholic message,” he is also a humble but effective diplomat.

The New Roman Empire


Coming up in the “unruly world” of Latin American politics in the 1960s and ’70s informs his approach to the papacy.

The Cold Open


You have “married reason and science to faith in a way that energizes both of them,” writes the author in an open letter to Pope Francis.