We Need a New St. Francis

You know you are in the presence of greatness when your only reservation about someone is his age. We have a new pope and, the worst thing that observant Catholics can say about him, is that he is a bit older than they had hoped. Pope Francis is the ninth oldest Pope elected in the last half of our history.

He has the aura of reform and novelty about him. He is the first Jesuit, first non-European, first Latin American and the first Francis.

What’s in a name? Quite a bit when it comes to papal names. Cardinal George and Cardinal Dolan in interviews have both said that Pope Francis was thinking of Francis of Assisi, the most popular saint around the world and one who heard Christ command “Rebuild my Church.”