But far from resting on his laurels, the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics had a very eventful 2014 too.
Here are nine of the most awesome things the first non-European pope in 1,200 years did this year:
Became the first religious head to be Rolling Stone magazine cover star
The then 77-year-old Pope turned rockstar and appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, accompanied by a 7,700 word cover story titled 'The Times They Are A-Changing'. The article, penned by Mark Binelli, compared the Pope's charm and appeal to that of former US President Bill Clinton.