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What Do Pope Francis and Saint Francis of Assisi Have in Common?

When the new leader of the Catholic Church was announced, Cardinal Claudio Hummes, a good friend and the seatmate of then Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio during the 2013 papal conclave, hugged the still-stunned new Pope, telling him, “Don’t forget the poor!” That was when it clicked for Pope Francis: the poor! “That is how the name came into my heart,” the new Bishop of Rome said in an address, “Francis of Assisi.”

Now that we know and love him as Pope Francis, we can’t help but notice some similarities between him and his saintly namesake. Here are several of them:

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This article appears on the October 2018 issue of My Pope Philippines. Text by Enzo Caffarelli with Stephanie L. Jesena. Photos from Pexels.
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