The new pope: Pope Francis has the best-looking beard of all time

The New Pope, a papal commission that has been tasked with evaluating the future of the papacy, is officially set to release its report on the pope’s looks today.

The report, due to be released at 7:00 p.m.

EST, will focus on whether the papal “look” is suitable for the post of pope.

Here’s what you need to know about the report: What do we know about Francis? 

The pope’s look is an “exceptionally good fit” for the role of pope, according to the Vatican’s Pontifical Commission for the Protection of the Consecrated Host.

The commission has asked experts to look at the pope in “the light of modern standards and trends, as well as the historical context of his time, and to determine whether the current style of the pope is suitable or inappropriate for the papate.” 

How is the pope “fitting” for a papacy that has undergone “radical changes” since his election to the papacum in March 2013? 

Francis, who will officially become pope on March 31, is “well versed in the history of the Church,” said Father Gianni Zaccaria, an expert on papal style. 

“In fact, he is a master of all the different ways of interpreting the Gospel of Jesus Christ, from his personal style to his political style and his pastoral style,” he said. 

The report will examine the pope through his “unique style, his sense of humor, his grace, his modesty and his compassion,” the pope said in a statement. 

Will the pope change his style? 

“It is a question of how far he is willing to bend,” said the pope. 

Who will be Francis’ successor? 

A Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, told The Associated Press he could not confirm whether Francis would stay in the papatage. 

Is Francis going to stay on? 


The Vatican has appointed Francis’ archbishop, Cardinal Jaime Riva, as the next pope.

The pope will leave the job when his successor is named, Riva said in an interview. 

What are the papacies top papal traditions? 

For a pope who has spent his life focused on making the church the “center of the universe,” Francis has a long list of papal customs and beliefs that he has embraced.

These include a strict diet and abstinence from alcohol and tobacco, he said in his statement.

He is also committed to the “authentic presence of God in the Church.”