Habemus Papam

We have a new Pope!

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio is now Pope Francis.

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He is not only the first pope named Francis, but he is the first Jesuit to hold the post.

He is the first Pope from Latin America, the region of the world that has the most Catholics, including the two countries with the most Catholics: Brazil and México. He’s also the son of Italian immigrants to Argentina, and having Italian blood never hurt anyone’s chances of becoming Pope.

But the big question is whether he chose the name after St. Francis of Assisi.

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Or his fellow Jesuit, St. Francis Xavier;

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or even St. Francis de Sales.

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Whichever Francis he chose, all three are excellent.

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