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December 6th, 2013
06:49 PM ET

Rick Warren: "I am nothing but impressed with this new pope"

Pope Francis’ actions as he has eased into the papacy have made headlines and drawn accolades from world leaders; Saddleback Pastor Rick Warren joins those applauding the Bishop of Rome.

“I am nothing but impressed by this new pope,” the bestselling author tells Piers Morgan in tonight's primetime interview. “This is a man who's spent his life working with the poor.”

Joining "Piers Morgan Live" for an hour-long conversation, Warren explains the ways in which he feels Pope Francis embodies three important attributes that define and drive leadership: humility, integrity and generosity.

“In the first month of his leadership, he has shown those symbolically what he has done for a lifetime,” says Warren, citing Francis’ work with people afflicted with HIV and AIDS.

In hand with his outreach to the impoverished and sick, Warren also praises the Pope’s efforts to refocus the Church:

“I love the fact that before he starts talking about businessmen being greedy, he talks about bishops being greedy,” says Warren, author of a new weight loss and self-help book, The Daniel Plan. "Before he starts talking about the low morals in the world, he talks about the low morals in the church.”

Watch the above clip above as Warren talks further about the new pope, and for the full interview, tune in to CNN tonight at 9.
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  1. Melissa Wright

    CNN used to be neutral, but now it has become very intolerant of Christian views. The USA was founded on the concept of freedom of religion. Piers Morgan is the most intolerant of them all. Rick Warren is right that there is a move to redefine the word, marriage. Given the definition of what "marriage" has always been, there was always "marriage equality". Gays were never forbidden to get married. I know a gay guy who got married in the definiton of the word that has been in use for thousands of years. Politically, if all the governmental benefits of marriage were removed, perhaps the desire to take a away the semantic ability to express the traditional meaning of the word would be diminished. Uncle Sam needs to get out of the marriage business, not to change the meaning of words.

    December 7, 2013 at 12:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Greg Liebig Sr.


    December 12, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • deborah jo lewis brubeck

      tho i havetime to fully the isue of the new pope i can tell you this.. ispeak the words of true living god..the QUEEN of name is deborah..and after my return from heven and still fightin my from hell i can this much,that people all people of the world are given a path to matter the color of skin no the matter the faith no matter the job are money..we all have to walk in love..the plan the master plan was god gave man kind all of us a differet path,god called herself different to differnt people we r not as people susspossed to judge the others are as long as there there path love..the master plan is for mankind to walk it across the world and we get to end of the road .love will be there to open the gates of heven..deborah the true blood of god herself..

      December 22, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. gah gah

    CNN is a dump. They encourage posters to end their lives if they are christians

    December 14, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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