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Why the New Pope Chose the Name Francis

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 3:30pm

When Jorge Mario Bergoglio was asked why he chose the papal name of Francis, his response was instructive: He thought of the poor, of war and strife, and immediately of Francis of Assisi, “the man of the poor, the man of peace.”

See Pope Francis’s explanation here.

Originally published March 21, 2013.