What’s in a Name?

Pope Francis I

Habemus Papam:  Francis I.  Some early speculation has been going around about whether the first Jesuit pope has chosen his papal name from Francis of Assisi or Francis Xavier.  Francis of Assisi may reflect the new pope’s reported spirituality of simplicity and care for the poor.  On the other hand, Francis Xavier is in keeping with his Jesuit roots and a commitment to evangelization. 

In true Catholic tradition, I’m inclined to think it’s “both/and” rather than “either/or.”  When you’re a new pope you need all the inspiration you can get.

2 responses to “What’s in a Name?

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  2. Thanks Amanda, I think this is an interesting question. Thinking back on John Allen’s handicapping the papal election, two of the key concerns he noted were the New Evangelization and governance/reform of the curia. It’s interesting that by choosing Francis, he may be alluding to the former with Xavier and the latter with Assisi.

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