I’m kind of surprised that no pope chose the name Francis until now.
“So our new Pope has two significant saintly traditions attached to him: simplicity and renewal of the Church from its tendency to worldliness and the longing to bring the good news of Christ to the far corners of the earth.”
From the actions and homily of his first days (see link below) - I think these are both correct. After reading his homily and his humbleness - I already really like this guy!
“Whats in a name?”
I don’t know, but in high school, I was pretty impressed by Brother Frederick Anthony. “FA” had taught school on the south side of Philly and apparently in a reform school, too. He was an RN, so he knew just how long and hard to hold onto your nose until it got black & blue without any residual gangrene. He whacked me in the head a time or two with one of those huge Biology books when I wasn’t paying attention.
“Isn’t that right?”
“What you said.”
He was proud of showing off his Bermuda shorts under his cassock (?), sort of a plaid pattern.
But the Pope is a Jesuit...and I'm pretty certain he took his name to recognize St. Francis Xavier.
I went to an all girl Catholic High School. Every year, a Jesuit Priest came to the school and lectured us for three days.
A very moralistic lecture it was...to the extreme. I went home and destryoyed all my patent leather shoes. (Every old Catholic girl will remember that one.)
Wll the gays and nuns march together to Rome?? Both groups drive us nuts. We have lost our right to peace and quiet.
St. Francis Borgia became the Superior General of the Jesuits, and in that position, he sent missionaries all over the world.
Many people think that the newly elevated Pope took his Papal name from St. Francis of Assisi, but that would make little sense, especially in light of his Jesuit origins.
St. Francis Borgia is a very interesting choice in and of itself, and while it was not at all the same story as St. Francis of Assisi, still many people can draw inspiration in a different and unique way.
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