[Updated at 3:51 p.m. ET] Choosing the name Francis is powerful and ground-breaking, CNN Vatican expert John Allen says.
As noted earlier, this is the first Pope Francis. Also, the name parallels one of the most venerated figures in the Roman Catholic Church, St. Francis of Assisi.
Allen described the name of Pope Francis as "the most stunning" choice and "precedent shattering."
"There are cornerstone figures in Catholicism" such as St. Francis, Allen said. Figures of such stature as St. Francis seem "irrepeatable – that there can be only one Francis," Allen added.
Did He take his name from St. Francis of Assissi? Or did he as the first Jesuit pope, take the name of
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This from Brandon Howser:
I, as a non-Roman Catholic, am not set to rest comfortably with this new pope.
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