“Obtaining an accreditation to follow the Pope feels like being invited to the Court of the last great Emperor. The rituals and ceremonies that regulate the daily activities of the Holy Father are extremely codified and centuries old. Usually, these formalities create a distance between the observer and the Pontiff, a sort of intimidating, regal detachment that underlines a hierarchical relationship. I was surprised by the manner in which this Pope has humanised the ancient rituals, doing away with the rigid feeling of depersonalisation carried on by some of the Pope’s predecessors.”

Only one year has passed since the beginning of Pope Francis’ pontificate, but he has already revolutionized the Church and many believe that, under his guidance, a new era has begun for the Catholic religion.

Francesco Zizola photographed the Pope for TIME Person of the Year issue in November and December 2013

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nov 8th 2013. inside the pope official building.
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