Saturday, March 16, 2013

Names Pope Francis rejected

At his meeting with the journalists, the pope explained that he chose Francis after the saint of Assisi, because he was devoted to poverty and the poor, to respect for God's creation, and to peace. Then he recounted some lighter moments when other cardinals gave him some suggestions:

"Afterward, people were joking with me. 'But you should call yourself Hadrian, because Hadrian VI was the reformer, we need a reform…' And someone else said to me: 'No, no: your name should be Clement.' 'But why?' 'Clement XV: thus you pay back Clement XIV who suppressed the Society of Jesus!' These were jokes."

Apparently Pope Francis has a good sense of humor.

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