An MTV Press Release from December reminds us that "... Francis doesn't stop being acclaimed throughout the whole world.
MTV College declares him as the man of the year because he's not pressured by Catholic dogma and is more inclusive for gays (sic) and also talks about not obsessing with closed mind rules when speaking of abortion, contraception and homosexuality".
Not to be left behind in the adoration stakes an issue of Rolling Stone magazine devotes its cover and an inside article to the man it fondly describes as being revolutionary and "a change agent".
NewVatican approves, of course, re-tweeting a photograph showing cartoon-character graffiti depicting the adoring world's latest and greatest superhero.
But don't worry - Carmel Books has plenty of kryptonite in stock.