Pope: Advice From Cardinal Led to Name 'Francis'
'Don't forget the poor,' friend told him
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2013 7:05 AM CDT
Pope Francis waves as he arrives for a meeting with the media at the Vatican Saturday.   (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

(Newser) – Pope Francis met with the international media today and shed more light on why he picked the name Francis. As the votes were being counted and it became clear that Jorge Bergoglio would be the next pope, a fellow cardinal from Brazil turned to him and said, "Don't forget the poor," he recalled. "Right away, with regard to the poor, I thought of St. Francis of Assisi, then I thought of war," he said, reports CNN. "Francis loved peace and that is how the name came to me." St. Francis, he added, was a "poor man, a simple man," and the new pope said he wanted a church "for the poor."

The Wall Street Journal, meanwhile, speaks to four cardinals who say a four-minute speech by Bergoglio in the runup to voting lifted him from a so-so candidate into front-runner status. "He spoke of the need for catechesis and the need to address the poor," says one, along with "the question of justice and the dignity of the human person." Bergoglio told his fellow cardinals that the church needed to stop navel-gazing at the Vatican and start focusing on social justice in the world outside Rome. Click for more on how his election came to be.

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8string
Mar 17, 2013 5:48 PM CDT
There is one detail that no one seems to have picked up on and that is, out of seven courant articles running on Newser there’s no insight into the fact. The first Jesuit Pope should raise a RED FLAG !!!!! I mean get a clue. The Jesuits are a secretive and shadowy group that tortured and killed a huge number of people, they can’t deny it, it’s history. Here are some historic quotes: "My history of the Jesuits is not eloquently written, but it is supported by unquestionable authorities, [and] is very particular and very horrible. Their [the Jesuit Order’s] restoration [in 1814 by Pope Pius VII] is indeed a step toward darkness, cruelty, despotism, [and] death. … I do not like the appearance of the Jesuits. If ever there was a body of men who merited eternal damnation on earth and in hell, it is this Society of [Ignatius de] Loyola." John Adams (1735-1826; 2nd President of the United States) "It is my opinion that if the liberties of this country – the United States of America – are destroyed, it will be by the subtlety of the Roman Catholic Jesuit priests, for they are the most crafty, dangerous enemies to civil and religious liberty. They have instigated MOST of the wars of Europe." Marquis de LaFayette (1757-1834; French statesman and general. He served in the American Continental Army under the command of General George Washington during the American Revolutionary War.) "The war [i.e., the American Civil War of 1861-1865] would never have been possible without the sinister influence of the Jesuits." Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865; 16th President of the United States) "The Jesuits…are a secret society – a sort of Masonic order – with superadded features of revolting odiousness, and a thousand times more dangerous.” – Samuel Morse (1791-1872; American inventor of the telegraph; author of the book Foreign Conspiracy Against the Liberties of the United States) "[The Jesuits] are the deadly enemies of civil and religious liberty." R. W. Thompson (Ex-Secretary, American Navy)
coolsmoothla
Mar 16, 2013 11:57 AM CDT
[ "Francis loved peace and that is how the name came to me." St. Francis, he added, was a "poor man, a simple man," and the new pope said he wanted a church "for the poor." ] The Roman Catholic Church is so full of _____(fill in the blank). The original Hebrew Church apostles taught us about the historical Jesus. They taught us what Jesus came to do; not the RCC .... Matthew taught: " “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me " John taught: " Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you . Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid " The Roman Catholic Church and their subsets are only following Jesus with their mouth confession and perverting the gospel with their ancestral traditions ... as it is written: " These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men " ... Jesus Now as far as the poor is concerned, Jesus sacrificed His life and became poor, and taught His people Israel how to escape Roman oppression that caused them to be poor ... as it is written: "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich " Now the Romans are claiming to help the poor? (isn't that ironic?)
JoeQ
Mar 16, 2013 10:58 AM CDT
The name "Peter the Roman" was definitely off the short list.