CatholicVote.org has put together a new video celebrating the election of our Holy Father. I’ll let the video speak for itself. I bet it brings you to tears as it did me.
And, just another little tidbit: So, where did the name Francis really come from? The Pope explained it to a group of more than 5,000 journalists and their families earlier today.
He chose it as result of something a cardinal told him on the day he became Pope.
“On the election day I had next to me the Archbishop emeritus of Sao Paolo and the prefect emeritus of the Congregation of the Clergy, Cardinal Claudio Hummes, a great friend,” Pope Francis said. “When the voting resulted in the election of the Pope, he hugged me, he kissed me and he told me ‘do not forget the poor.’”
Those words, “the poor,” stuck with him and he spontaneously thought of Saint Francis of Assisi.
“Man of poverty, man of peace, man who loves and guards the Creator,” said the Pontiff.
Later in the session, Pope Francis made another comment that now sticks with me. After noting that the poor man brings a spirit of peace, he said: “Oh how I would like a poor Church and for the poor!”
Whew. Food for thought.