John was known as the "good pope" — affable, rotund, with big ears, warm eyes, a gentle smile and an excellent sense of humor. For those enthralled by Francis' papacy, it all sounds familiar though Francis himself has admitted he has an "authoritarian" streak.
The Rev. Robert Wister, a professor of church history at Seton Hall University, said the message to take home from Sunday's canonizations — which might witness two living popes (Francis and emeritus Benedict XVI) honoring two dead ones — is that there can be different approaches to the papacy, different types of popes, different applications of church teaching depending on the signs of the times.
"We're still one church," he said.
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