My only concern is his age. At 76 it could be a signal by the Cardinals that they believe he is going to be just an interim Pope. Since he had supposedly been the4\ second largest vote getter when BXVI was elected. Sort of reminds me of when the Republicans nominated Bod Dole as their candidate for President. A choice that made no sense, but was given to him as a reward for his long and faithful service to the Party.
Since the average age of the Cardinals is supposed to be 72 or 73, then 76 is more understandable. But I agree, it is
on the oldish side to take on such a great responsibility.
Has it been confirmed that it's Francis Xavier and not Francis of Assisi? Being that the new Holy Father is a Jesuit, I assume it's Xavier, but I haven't heard if that's been confirmed.
Viva Papa Francisco!
On the radio tonight, someone talking from Rome said it was after St. Francis of Assisi. The comments here seem
to specify St. Francis Xavier.
Can't believe everything that comes down the pike so early. So, I am not sure who it is.
The AP reported that Pope Francis chose his name for St. Francis of Assisi.
You are correct. As of 1:15PM PST there is no confirmation which Francis it is. It can be either or bothor possibly even another Francis.
And yes he is from the Conservative side,
One thing for sure, his election finally lays to rest that idiotic prophesy of St. Malikie. (sp)
1) A prophesy he never made and first published about 300 years after his death according to which BXVI would have been the last Pope.
2) about 200 yars after that the 112th on the list was added, Peter of Rome.
So if there was any validity to the prohesy, he should have chosen Peter II as his papal name.
It certainly puts to rest the Chicken Little interpretations, many of which have been spread with glee by our separate Evangelical brethren (God bless them). That includes WND, which I believe is owned by a Catholic who ought to know better, but still spreads a lot of pro-protestant anti-Catholicism.
Bergoglio's selection of the name of Pope Francis is "the most stunning" choice and "precedent shattering," CNN Vatican analyst John Allen said. "The new pope is sending a signal that this will not be business as usual."
The name symbolizes "poverty, humility, simplicity and rebuilding the Catholic Church," Allen said.
St. Francis of Assisi was born in 1181 or 1182 the son of a rich Italian cloth merchant, according to the Vatican website.
After "a carefree adolescence and youth," Francis joined the military and was taken prisoner. He was freed after becoming ill, and when he returned to Assisi, Italy, a spiritual conversion began, and he abandoned his worldly lifestyle.
In a famous episode, Christ on the cross came to life three times in the small Church of St. Damian and told him: "Go, Francis, and repair my Church in ruins," Pope Benedict XVI said, according to Vatican's website. www.cnn.com