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New pope took name in honour of St Francis of Assisi

Some had speculated could referr to Jesuit saint, Francis Xavier

New pope took name in honour of St Francis of Assisi

Rome, March 14 - The new pope took the name Francis to honour Saint Francis of Assisi, according to American Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York. There had been speculation that the pontiff may have become the first pope to take the name Francis as a tribute to Francis Xavier, a 16th-century Spanish saint and co-founder of the Jesuits order that the newly elected pope belongs to. But Dolan said Francis I has revealed this is not the case to the cardinals who elected him at the conclave. "The pope told us that he chose the name Francis in honour of Francis of Assisi," Dolan told reporters. "St Francis took care of the poor and humble and this will be his job".

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