Catholics across the world are celebrating their first Easter with a new pope.
Here in the Quad Cities, one man shares a special connection with Pope Francis. Rabbi Henry Karp of the Temple Emmanuel in Davenport, like Pope Francis, has only one full functioning lung.
"I wouldn't have put the two of us together," Rabbi Karp says.
In May 2010, doctors first noticed the rabbi's collapsing lung.
"We were frightened," he explains. "My wife was frightened, I was frightened - we didn't know how severe this was."
Since an operation in February 2011, Rabbi Karp says everyday because of his situation; he deals with a shortness of breath.
"A lot of things I was able to do before, I can only do in a limited fashion now," he explains.
Pope Francis lost his lung because of an infection when he was just a teenager. And while they don't share the same religious beliefs, Rabbi Karp says watching the pope do what he does is motivating.
"What's really inspiring is the pope has had this since he was child and he's moved on with his life," says Rabbi Karp. "Look what he's been able to accomplish - he's been able to attain the position of Pope. You don't attain that by sitting on the couch."
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