Pope Francis: Why he took that name.

Vatican City, Mar 16, 2013 / 08:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told thousands of journalists today he loved them and thanked them for their recent work.

The pontiff told the professionals that Jesus is the center of the Church and not himself.

“Without him, Peter and the Church would not exist nor would they have a reason for existing,” he said.

Pope Francis also explained that he chose the name Francis because of what a cardinal told him on the day he became Pope.

“On the election day I had next to me the Archbishop emeritus of Sao Paolo and the prefect emeritus of the Congregation of the Clergy, Cardinal Claudio Hummes, a great friend,” he said.

“When the voting resulted in the election of the Pope, he hugged me, he kissed me and he told me ‘do not forget the poor,’” said the Pope.

He explained that the words “the poor” remained stuck in his head and he suddenly thought of Saint Francis of Assisi.

“Man of poverty, man of peace, man who loves and guards the Creator,” said Pope Francis.

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  1. Such a telling choice, St. Francis of Assisi, think of “the poor!”
    When my father died, I inherited a beautiful Lead statue of St. Francis, I cherish it , in his memory!

  2. “man of peace”

    Let us hope that Pope Francis is a man of peace, indeed. Let us hope that he demands that of all nations and governments of the world, but especially of that nation and government with the largest military, and a with most aggressive foreign policy that uses it to project power for its own sake.

    But let us hope that he is also a warrior against all evil: starting with that which has invaded and now permeates Holy Mother Church within, and continuing with the evil that threatens her from without. The latter would include false, heretical and apostate “faiths.”

    There is no accommodating evil. Evil is not defeated with dialog. It is defeated by militant actions in opposition to it. It is defeated by true and consistent witnessing against it. It is defeated by Prudence, Justice, Fortitude and Temperance (notice that “dialog” and “ecumenism” are not in that time-honored, traditional list).

    And by Charity, of course. Which, as we all know, must sometimes take a tough approach.

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