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Pope Francis: Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is new Catholic leader - World News

"Another man shouted: "It’s very gutsy that he chose the name Francis, he’s going to be the first Francis. He wants to be a humble pope and build the church up, from a time of ruin, like St. Francis of Assisi.""

St. Francis of Assisi

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St. Francis of Assisi, O.F.M.

Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy
an oil painting by Jusepe de Ribera (1642)
Religious, deacon, confessor
and religious founder
Born1181 – 1182
AssisiUmbriaPapal States
DiedOctober 3, 1226 (aged 43–45)
Assisi, Umbria, Papal States
Honored inRoman Catholic Church
Anglican Communion
Lutheran Church
Old Catholic Church
New Age ecologists
CanonizedJuly 16, 1228, Assisi, Italy by Pope Gregory IX
MajorshrineBasilica of San Francesco d'Assisi
FeastOctober 4
AttributesTau crossdove, birds, animals, wolf at feet, Pax et Bonum,
Poor Franciscan habitstigmata
Patronageanimals; the environmentItaly;merchantsstowaways;[1] cub scouts;San Francisco, California
A series of articles on
Christian mysticism
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13th and 14th centuries
Francis of Assisi • Dominic de Guzmán • Bonaventure • Catherine of Siena
17th and 18th centuries
Francis de Sales • Pierre de Bérulle
St. Francis of Assisi (ItalianFrancesco d'Assisi, born Giovanni di Bernardone; 1181/1182 – October 3, 1226)[2] was an Italian Catholicfriar and preacher. He founded the men's Franciscan Order, the women’s Order of St. Clare, and the Third Order of Saint Francis for men and women not able to live the lives of itinerant preachers followed by the early members of the Order of Friars Minor or the monastic lives of the Poor Clares.[3] Though he was never ordained to the Catholic priesthood, Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history.[3]
Francis was the son of a wealthy foreign cloth merchant in Assisi, and he lived the high-spirited life typical of a wealthy young man, even fighting as a soldier for Assisi.[4] While going off to war in 1204, Francis had a vision that directed him back to Assisi, where he lost his taste for his worldly life.[4] On a pilgrimage to Rome, he joined the poor in begging at St. Peter's Basilica.[4] The experience moved him to live in poverty.[4] Francis returned home, began preaching on the streets, and soon amassed a following. His Order was authorized by Pope Innocent III in 1210. He then founded the Order of Poor Clares, which became an enclosed religious order for women, as well as the Order of Brothers and Sisters of Penance (commonly called the Third Order).
In 1219, he went to Egypt in an attempt to convert the Sultan to put an end to the conflict of the Crusades.[5] By this point, the Franciscan Order had grown to such an extent that its primitive organizational structure was no longer sufficient. He returned to Italy to organize the Order. Once his community was authorized by the Pope, he withdrew increasingly from external affairs. In 1223, Francis arranged for the first Christmas manger scene.[4] In 1224, he received the stigmata,[4]making him the first recorded person to bear the wounds of Christ's Passion.[6] He died during the evening hours of October 3, 1226, while listening to a reading he had requested of Psalm 141.
On July 16, 1228, he was pronounced a saint by Pope Gregory IX. He is known as the patron saint of animals, the environment, and is one of the two patron saints of Italy (with Catherine of Siena). It is customary for Catholic and Anglican churches to hold ceremonies blessing animals on his feast day of October 4.[7] He is also known for his love of the Eucharist,[8] his sorrow during the Stations of the Cross, and for the creation of the Christmas creche or Nativity Scene.[9]

MORE DEVELOPMENTS: The name this man chose was very interesting and has an interesting past associated with it. Shortly before he died, St. Francis of Assisi called together his followers and warned  them of the coming troubles, saying:

1. The time is fast approaching in which there will be great trials and afflictions; perplexities and dissensions, both spiritual and temporal, will abound; the charity of many will grow cold, and the malice of the wicked will increase.
2. The devils will have unusual power, the immaculate purity of our Order, and of others, will be so much obscured that there will be very few Christians who will obey the true Sovereign Pontiff and the Roman Church with loyal hearts and perfect charity. At the time of this tribulation a man, not canonically elected, will be raised to the Pontificate, who, by his cunning, will endeavour to draw many into error and death.
3. Then scandals will be multiplied, our Order will be divided, and many others will be entirely destroyed, because they will consent to error instead of opposing it.
4. There will be such diversity of opinions and schisms among the people, the religious and the clergy, that, except those days were shortened, according to the words of the Gospel, even the elect would be led into error, were they not specially guided, amid such great confusion, by the immense mercy of God.
5. Then our Rule and manner of life will be violently opposed by some, and terrible trials will come upon us. Those who are found faithful will receive the crown of life; but woe to those who, trusting solely in their Order, shall fall into tepidity, for they will not be able to support the temptations permitted for the proving of the elect.
6. Those who preserve in their fervour and adhere to virtue with love and zeal for the truth, will suffer injuries and, persecutions as rebels and schismatics; for their persecutors, urged on by the evil spirits, will say they are rendering a great service to God by destroying such pestilent men from the face of the earth. but the Lord will be the refuge of the afflicted, and will save all who trust in Him. And in order to be like their Head, [Christ] these, the elect, will act with confidence, and by their death will purchase for themselves eternal life; choosing to obey God rather than man, they will fear nothing, and they will prefer to perish rather than consent to falsehood and perfidy.
7. Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it under foot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days Jesus Christ will send not a true pastor but a destroyer.”  

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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous6:36 AM

    Though St. Francis of Assisi immediately comes to mind, I have heard speculation Pope Francis chose this name after St. Francis Xavier, or perhaps, St. Francis de Sales.

    After reading (on other secular sites) some absolutely horrible things being said about the new Pope and the Catholic Church, one sees the immense need for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon our troubled, and often hate-filled world. Christians need to unite and defend life and truth. I pray the new pontiff will lead in this. God bless.


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