Thursday, March 14th, 2013 by Donna Dollar
Posted in 101 Gold's Posts
There are two key figures in Catholic history associated with the name Francis. Francis of Assisi is a beloved 13th-century Italian saint, one of the patron saints of Italy, who lived the values of peace, poverty and simplicity. The other is St. Francis Xavier, the 16th-century co-founder of Bergoglio’s Jesuit order. He is one of the faith’s most well-known missionaries, who spread Catholicism as far as India and Japan. That symbolism of the name, along with Bergoglio’s history and first remarks as pope yesterday, seem to indicate he wants evangelization of the faith and care and advocacy for the poor to be among the hallmarks of his papacy.