Monday 23 October 2017

Mary Kenny: What's in a name? A lot, when you you realise it was chosen so carefully

Maria Elena Bergoglio, sister of Pope Francis, receives letters from children for her brother as she arrives at her home in Buenos Aires.
Maria Elena Bergoglio, sister of Pope Francis, receives letters from children for her brother as she arrives at her home in Buenos Aires.
Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

THE Dublin cabbies were quick to dub him 'Pope Frankie', and, doubtless, most of the Franks and Francises and Franciscos in Christendom and beyond will be pleased to have a papal namesake.

Interesting, too, that it has been clarified by the Holy See that the papal name of Francis is honouring St Francis of Assisi, rather than St Francis Xavier – two very different characters.

Francis of Assisi is an ecumenical figure, being pre-Reformation, and accepted by all Christians – and widely revered even among secularists for his love of animals and nature.

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