What’s in a Name?
When Cardinal Bergoglio received the votes needed to become the next pope, his friend Cardinal Claudio Hummes of Sao Paolo, embraced him and said, “Don’t forget about the poor.”
Pope Francis later recalled, “Immediately with the thought of the poor, I thought of St. Francis of Assisi… Francis, the man of peace. That was how the name came into my heart. And for me, the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and guards creation-- at this time that we have a relationship with creation that is not very good, right? And the man who gives us this spirit of peace, the poor man. How I would like a Church that is poor and for the poor!”
Catholics were quick to recall a message from God received by the pope’s namesake saint at San Damiano: “Francis, go, rebuild my house, which as you see is in ruins.”