What a difference a year makes: How has the 'Pope Francis effect' impacted the church?

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It hardly seems like a year ago that the world met Pope Francis for the first time--maybe that's because there's seemingly been more media coverage of the current pontiff in 12 months than his predecessor received in all eight years of his papacy. But with all the talk, has Francis really made a measurable difference in the church thus far?