Pope Francis and Pope of the People

Robin Roberts discusses the experience of being so close to the pope and what she saw.
3:00 | 12/19/13

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And now we head to rome where today the world watched as pope francis delivered his final message before christmas. Right there among the swelling crowds in st. Peter's square was our own "gma" anchor robin roberts who had a face to face encounter with the people's pope. Reporter: Hailed with cheers of joy from the crowd. We were there, as pop francis entered st. Peter's square. Accepting a cross, blessing the sick, greeting families with hugs and kisses. His face is so expressive. So charismatic. People have been waiting for hours. Dear brothers and sisters, buongiorno. Good morning. "God is with us, and god still has faith in us," he says. A former janitor and nightclub bouncer, they call him, " the people's pope." And in just 9 months he's captured the imagination of not just the world's 1.2 billion catholics, but the world itself. His style was different almost immediately. Just days ago he celebrated his 77th birthday by having breakfast with three homeless men, and later blew out candles surrounded by children. He ends his christmas message of compassion by leading us in prayer. Reporter: Jesus is god with us, the crowd repeats. Afterwards, it was our moment. Meeting face to face with the people's pope. We're american, I tell him. A moment of true humility. One and a half million tickets have already been given out this year just for this event. It's now a week from christmas and the crowds will certainly grow here does this pope's popularity, diane? Thank you so much, robin, right in st. Peter's square today.

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