During his visit to the United States the Pope addressed both Congress and the United Nations. During his congressional speech he addressed issues of climate change, income inequality, and care for the less fortunate. He pleaded with congress to work together for the benefit of all mankind instead particular political parties. His tone to the United Nations was very different as he reprimanded world leaders for doing nothing to stop persecutions of religious minorities all over the world, but especially in the Middle East. Members of all faiths are being persecuted in different regions and the Pope attempted to remind the United Nations of its purpose.
So what is the Pope? Why is he able to address these illustrious assemblies? Why does what he says matter so much to so many people? And why is he so popular among non-Catholics and the more youthful members of his own faith?