Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Pope Francis has proven popular with many Catholics around the world, but he might be too liberal for former Alaska governor and arch-conservative Sarah Palin.

In an interview with CNN’s Jake Trapper, the former vice presidential candidate said she was “surprised” by many of Pope Francis’ statements that seem too liberal. Palin, who recently released a book on faith and Christmas culture wars, “Good Tidings and Great Joy,” also added that she was wary of “the media’s interpretation” of the new pope.

"He's had some statements that to me sound kind of liberal, has taken me aback, has kind of surprised me," Palin said. “But unless I really dig deep into what his messaging is, and do my own homework, I’m not going to just trust what I hear in the media."

Speaking of her own religious beliefs, Palin stated that she was born again and attended a “Bible believin’” nondenominational church in Alaska. She recounted an experience from her youth that led her to her faith.

“When I was a young girl, I remember looking around the beauty of Alaska one summer at a summer camp, looking at our mountain ranges and our lakes and this beautiful creation and knowing even as a kid, wow, there is something greater than self," said Palin.

"I put my life in God's hands at that moment," Palin continued. "I remember calling out to God and saying, 'I believe you.'"

“My faith is everything to me,” she added.

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