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Thursday, 14 March 2013

Which St Francis?

Our new Holy Father has taken the name Francis. Along with many others I have suggested that he was thinking of St Francis of Assisi. Quite a few people have said that since he is a Jesuit, he may have been thinking of St Francis Xavier. But why not St Francis Borgia?

or:

St Francis Caracciolo
St Francis de Sales
St Francis of Paola
St Francis Solano
St Francesco Antonio Fasani

or:

Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos
Blessed Francisco Martos
Blessed Francis Faà di Bruno

or even possibly:

St Frances of Rome
St Frances Xavier Cabrini

I still think it most likely that he was thinking of St Francis of Assisi, but he may also have had St Francis Xavier in mind - but why not also St Francis Borgia who, along with St Pius V and St Charles Borromeo showed how corruption in the Church can be overcome by sanctity. (St Francis Borgia, sometimes known as the second founder of the Jesuits, was the grandson of Pope Alexander VI.)
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