St. Francis of Assisi, after whom Pope Francis has taken his name, captures the spirit of many Catholics because church history regards him as the pre-eminent figure passionate about imitating Christ's life.
He is known also as a patron saint of Italy, the founder of the Franciscan order of the Friars Minor, an admirer of nature and a servant to poor and destitute. The brown robe of the Franciscans is iconic.
I pray the pope combines the simplicity and love of Francis of Assisi, the evangelizing spirit of Francis Xavier and the teaching ability of Francis DeSales. That would be an awesome Pontiff .
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