16 March 2013, 16:17

‘I took the name of Francis of Assisi’ – Pope Francis

‘I took the name of Francis of Assisi’ – Pope Francis

Pope Francis says that at the conclave that made him Pontiff he rejected a choice of proposed names and named himself after Francis of Assisi, who was a great champion of the poor and peace.

He spoke about this at an audience with some 5,000 international reporters held at the Vatican on Saturday.

His Holiness also said that one of the cardinals at the conclave specifically urged him to mind the world’s poor.

Ahead of the audience, the Vatican’s press service said the Pope sees the media as an instrument of evangelization.

Voice of Russia, TASS

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