Like many, I was somewhat surprised when Pope Francis was elected.
Based on information that had leaked out about the 2005 conclave, I knew that he was a strong candidate back then, apparently amassing the second-highest number of votes. (Cardinal Ratzinger, obviously, got the most.)
Some were discussing him as a possible pope this time; yet, after Pope Benedict’s resignation on age-related grounds, I didn’t expect the election of Cardinal Bergoglio — who, at age 76, is just two years younger than Pope Benedict was when he was elected.
We’re all obviously still getting to know him, but what can we say about Pope Francis thus far? How does he compare to his recent predecessors?