Magazine with pictures of of Pope Francis in their cover are shown in a newsstand near Plaza de Mayo square in Buenos Aires on March 13, 2014 on the day of the first anniversary of his pontificate. (AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIA)
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He left the Vatican Sunday after his weekly blessing, and is scheduled to return Saturday.The Argentinian pope's extraordinary popularity has helped to increase church attendance around the world, but has also fueled the growth of a personality cult that he has denounced as inappropriate."Portraying the pope as a kind of superman, a type of star, it seems offensive," Francis recently told Italian daily "Corriere della Sera". The pope's first year in office has been characterized by an apparent determination to maintain the simple lifestyle he has had throughout his priesthood.The pontiff lives in a three-room apartment rather than the papal palace.
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