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To: noinfringers2
Pope Francis himself said that he picked the name of St. Francis of Assisi. He sees his major task at hand (besides, of course, the salvation of souls) as rebuilding/repairing the Church which was a task that God gave to St. Francis.
38 posted on 03/15/2013 6:41:52 AM PDT by ELS
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To: ELS

I read what you presented as to St. Francis of Assisi and though even not being of the Catholic faith I can understand the meaning of Saint for this Francis. However, I still think that their was/is more of relationship of Pope Francis to Saint Francis of Xavier. First of all St Francis of Assisi was of the Franciscan order while both St Francis of Xavier and Pope Francis are both of the Jesuit order. Indeed I think Xavier helped found the Jesuit order with a few other priests. Secondly, the Pastoral background of Pope Francis and Xavier are much alike especially as to shepherding the poor and living their own lives. Thirdly, it strikes me, but might be of no significance, is that Pope Francis and St Xavier are both of the Southern Hemisphere. For me as a non Catholic it is a marvelous and wonderful happening that the Cardinals chose a man who would/could by his choice bring the whole world together by simply having/taking the name of two Saints.


39 posted on 03/15/2013 10:18:48 AM PDT by noinfringers2
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