The first controversy of Pope Francis' papacy

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Is it "Francis" for St. Francis of Assisi? Or St. Francis Xavier, the Jesuit? Does it reference care for the poor, or evangelization? Or maybe both?

Discuss.

Editor's Note: I don't want to squelch discussion, but in Rome we asked this question,  and Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, said the new pope chose the name in honor of St. Francis of Assisi.

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