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‘TODAY’ visits Loyola to discuss Pope’s one-year anniversary

March 13 marked the one-year anniversary of Pope Francis’s election as the leader of the Catholic Church. NBC’s “TODAY” show came to Loyola to get students’ thoughts on his papacy and find out what they think about “The Francis Effect.”

“He does a very good job of representing our generation or the community that I have here at Loyola,” senior Mary Simon said. “He’s a really perfect face for faith in action.”

Added fellow senior Stefanie Gorski: “In our generation, people can identify with him because he just talks about how to love each other.”

Watch the entire video above and check out this “NBC Nightly News” segment looking back on Pope Francis’s first year as pontiff.

Also, Loyola is marking the one-year anniversary of Pope Francis with a March 27 symposium, “Habemus Papam +1.” The event—which will feature speakers, Vatican experts, and panel discussions—runs from 1– 5:30 p.m. in the Information Commons. It’s free and open to the public.

Get complete details at the symposium website.