The new pope is Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires. He is the first Jesuit pope ever and is of Italian descent.
He has taken the name Pope Francis (Franceso).
Between the time that the white smoke went up and they announced the new pope, I had been thinking that his mission was the same as the one that God gave St. Francis — “Rebuild my church.”
So I was both shocked and delighted to hear that his name will be Francis. He may have chosen it because of his commitment to the poor rather than the need for repair, but whatever the reason, I take it as a hopeful sign.
When I was baptized six years ago, I took the baptismal name Francesca, the female form of St. Francis, so I’m especially pleased.
Viva il Papa!