Beliefs The ‘Pope Francis effect’? Some early data suggest it could be real By David Gibson | March 25, 2015 ShareTweet EmailPrint More More on Beliefs Subscribe to Beliefs Pope Francis arrives to lead a special audience with faithful from Cassano alpo Jonio diocese at the Vatican on February 21, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Osservatore Romano *Editors: This photo is not available for republication. Active RNS subscribers and members can view this content by logging-in here.(RNS) Are there signs of a "Francis effect" among U.S. Catholics? Yes and no, but it's still probably too early to tell.