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The latest on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the key 2014 Senate races.
His acts of compassion and his common touch have captivated the world over for the past nine months.
Today, as Pope Francis is telling the faithful that Christmas is the season for giving, new CNN polls showed Americans are wild about the new pope. Among American Catholics, his approval is almost 90%, higher than any time of Pope John Paul II's last decade in power.
CNN's Erin McLaughlin explained why Pope Francis is so popular, even among atheists, to Dana Bash.