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CNN Vatican Analyst: Pope Francis' Name Choice 'Precedent Shattering'

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Pope Francis chose his name in honor of St. Francis of Assisi because he is a lover of the poor, said Vatican deputy spokesman Thomas Rosica. "Cardinal Bergoglio had a special place in his heart and his ministry for the poor, for the disenfranchised

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RosemaryRannes HusbandNeedsPrayers (650)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 3:03 pm
CNN) -- Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, the new pope, is breaking historic ground by choosing the name Francis.

It's the first time the name is being used by a pope, said CNN Vatican expert John Allen.

Pope Francis chose his name in honor of St. Francis of Assisi because he is a lover of the poor, said Vatican deputy spokesman Thomas Rosica.

"Cardinal Bergoglio had a special place in his heart and his ministry for the poor, for the disenfranchised, for those living on the fringes and facing injustice," Rosica said.

St. Francis, one of the most venerated figures in the Roman Catholic Church, was known for connecting with fellow Christians, Rosica added.

Allen described the name selection as "the most stunning" choice and "precedent shattering."

El nuevo papa es latinoamericano
Latin American catholics: So proud, happy "There are cornerstone figures in Catholicism," such as St. Francis, Allen said. Figures of such stature as St. Francis of Assisi seem "irrepeatable -- that there can be only one Francis," he added.

The name symbolizes "poverty, humility, simplicity and rebuilding the Catholic Church," Allen said. "The new pope is sending a signal that this will not be business as usual."

In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI recounted how St. Francis was born in 1181 or 1182 as the son of a rich Italian cloth merchant, according to the Vatican website.

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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. 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 the Vatican's website.

"At that moment St. Francis was called to repair the small church, but the ruinous state of the building was a symbol of the dramatic and disquieting situation of the Church herself," Pope Benedict XVI said. "At that time the Church had a superficial faith which did not shape or transform life, a scarcely zealous clergy, and a chilling of love."

Pope Francis succeeds Benedict, who retired.


Nicole W (646)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 3:05 pm
thank you Rosemary

Christeen A (368)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 3:48 pm
This couldn't have pleased me more.

. (0)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 3:50 pm
I was please to hear of the name.

Barb K (1688)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 3:52 pm
Warmest Congratulations to Pope Francis I !! I am very happy for Argentia!! WTG!! Thank you Rosemary!!

Sue Matheson (79)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 4:17 pm

Carol H (229)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 4:43 pm
I am very pleased, thanks Rosemary. noted

Kelly Rogers (303)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 4:59 pm
They forgot the animals

Mike H (252)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 4:59 pm
Great! Im not Catholic but I wear a Frances medallion on my neck. he was for the environment and animals.

Mary T (178)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 5:11 pm
Thanks Rosemary very pleased by this.

Fiona Ogilvie (565)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 5:22 pm
Very interesting. Thank you, Rosemary.

Roger Skinner (14)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 5:48 pm
We're supposed to be impressed because he has taken a name that no pope has used before? From what I've read about him so far, this is probably the last 'precedent shattering' thing we'll see from him.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 6:56 pm
Noted , thanks !!!!!

Yvonne White (229)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 8:23 pm
I hope this new pope, from the New World, will represent his new name honorably & heal old wounds in the process. I know several Catholics, some still practicing, and I hope this gives them hope!:)

Shawna S (45)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 8:33 pm
Only time will tell!!

Ellen m (215)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 8:47 pm
I have waited for this type of change to the church for many years, and with it comes the hope that I may once again join in, even in a limited way.

I pray Pope Francis continues following the road St. Francis of Assisi walked, with strength, courage and compassion.
And I hope my beloved Pope John Paul II might be his "spirit guide".

Just try to hold that pairing back!
And to the Latino Community I offer thanks and blessings for not only helping make him the man he has become, but for sharing him now with the rest of the world.

The promise this brings to my waverering faith is a joy I have not felt in a very long time., and one I surely never expected. JMJ ♥
Thanks Rosemary!

Kerstin Strobl (371)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 8:52 pm
I don't believe that anything will change.........

Beth M (46)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 10:54 pm
..south American catholism is different to it will be interesting to see his words and his face as he speaks them. I wish him well in his endeavours...and hope he knows that the meaning of the word poor..when Jesus was using it..meant..those deemed unfit to enter..or those ostracised..Thankyou...x

Beth S (330)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 10:55 pm
Congratulations on the election of Pope Francis. I've been reading a lot about him, and he seems like a pretty good guy.

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 10:58 pm
{Also of kidnapping orphan children.}

From an article in the UK Guardian:

To the judicious and fair-minded outsider it has been clear for years that the upper reaches of the Argentine church contained many..... men who had communed and supported the unspeakably brutal Western-supported military dictatorship which seized power in that country in 1976 and battened on it for years.
Not only did the generals slaughter thousands unjustly, often dropping them out of aeroplanes over the River Plate and selling off their orphan children to the highest bidder, they also murdered at least two bishops and many priests.
Yet even the execution of other men of the cloth did nothing to shake the support of senior clerics, including representatives of the Holy See, for the criminality of their leader General Jorge Rafael Videla and his minions.


What one did not hear from any senior member of the Argentine hierarchy was any expression of regret for the church's collaboration and in these crimes. The extent of the church's complicity in the dark deeds was excellently set out by Horacio Verbitsky, one of Argentina's most notable journalists, in his book El Silencio (Silence).
He recounts how the Argentine navy with the connivance of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, now the Jesuit archbishop of Buenos Aires, hid from a visiting delegation of the Inter-American Human Rights Commission the dictatorship's political prisoners. Bergoglio was hiding them in nothing less than his holiday home in an island called El Silencio in the River Plate.

The most shaming thing for the church is that in such circumstances Bergoglio's name was allowed to go forward in the ballot to chose the successor of John Paul II. What scandal would not have ensued if the first pope ever to be elected from the continent of America had been revealed as an accessory to murder and false imprisonment.

Glenn Byrnes (196)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 12:05 am
Noted. Good luck, Your Holiness.

Giana P (398)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 1:18 am
Thanks Rosemary.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 1:38 am
We shall see.

Anita B (69)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 2:14 am
Thank goodness, the Pope has chosen a ''name'' everyone can say and remember.

Judy C (97)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 5:58 am
Thanks, Rosemary. I hope this pope will help the poor.

Jaime Alves (52)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 8:07 am
I am happy with his choice of name, a great man was St. Francis.!!

Diane K (134)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 8:50 am
Although I'm not a Catholic, the voting for Pope Francis I was pretty historic. I think many people who aren't Catholic took notice, as well. They said the new Pope was a Jesuit Catholic Cardinal, which can allow for questionable decision making. Then again, it won't make any difference to me!

Eternal G (745)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 4:27 pm
As long as he has a special place in his heart for all the molested people, the catholic church has on it's track record!

Süheyla C (234)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 4:28 pm
Thank you Rosemary

Mitchell D (87)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 5:36 pm

RosemaryRannes HusbandNeedsPrayers (650)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 9:46 pm

Thank you all for your comments. After reading BMutinyTCorporationsEvil here is a correction which was not included. So you may click the link to read this item in its entirety or read the correction as I have copied and pasted from the Guardian below.

Addendum: The Guardian has published the following correction about the article quoted above

Addendum: The Guardian has published the following correction about the article quoted above:

"This article was amended on 14 March 2013. The original article, published in 2011, wrongly suggested that Argentinian journalist Horacio Verbitsky claimed
that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio connived with the Argentinian navy to hide political prisoners on an island called El Silencio during an inspection by human rights monitors. Although Verbitsky makes other allegations
about Bergoglio's complicity in human right abuses, he does not make this claim. The original article also wrongly described El Silencio as Bergoglio's "holiday home". This has been corrected."


Marcel Elschot (347)
Friday March 15, 2013, 1:54 am
Noted. Thank you

Carmen S (611)
Friday March 15, 2013, 6:33 am
thanks Rosemary, think it's wonderful that he chose the name Francis

AnimalWhisperer Caswell (154)
Friday March 15, 2013, 1:03 pm
Am so pleased he chose Francis after St Francis of Assisi whom I have always linked, within my Animal/Human work. Let's give the guy a chance. Go Francis! X

ilja c (48)
Friday March 15, 2013, 3:32 pm
Bergoljo is the son of Italian immigrants.
Bergoljo is considered modest man. Often the bus going to work, did regular visits to poor neighborhoods around. capital.
He reproached other church leaders for hypocrisy and they have forgotten Jesus leprous bathed and ate with prostitutes.
After BMutiny opinion, we have to read about more.

RosemaryRannes HusbandNeedsPrayers (650)
Friday March 15, 2013, 10:13 pm
Yes Beka by all means read my comment regarding the Guardian's correction and of course the link provided takes you to what I have referenced. Thank you.

ilja c (48)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 2:54 am
Thanks Rosemary. I'll link now.

Rita De Vos (87)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 11:11 am
Thank you dear Rosemary! I'm very happy about this as well, I couldn't agree more with you. A modest, humble Pope is a real blessing! I hope he will bring a positive change into the Vatican and into the institution of the Church, although I'm also a bit sad & surprised about his very conservative attitude concerning 'gay rights' and 'gay marriage'. I can only hope time whel change his opinion about this issue.

Mariann Rannenberg (158)
Monday April 29, 2013, 12:27 am
I love our new Pope. He loves animals and the poor. Could there have been a better one? NO !!Thanks Rosemary

Dan Brook (1193)
Sunday September 22, 2013, 5:58 pm
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