The Francis Effect: 'There's a Tone'

"Who is Pope Francis?" That's the question we've been asking local Catholics all this week before Easter. And it's a question that Joanne Cunneen recently tackled in an essay she wrote for her parish's bulletin, or newsletter. It seems fitting to end our series on the Francis Effect with her.

Cunneen has been the director of religious education for the past 20 years at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on the Upper East Side. She, like many, is smitten with the pope. She wrote that he speaks to the world, as few leaders do, as "one human family that should come together."

"I feel that, the last two popes, I felt stifled," she said. "I just found that Francis is a breath of fresh air."

The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola