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Pope Francis says he wants a 'poor Church for the poor'

Published on Mar 16, 2013 6:50 PM
 
Pope Francis on Saturday, March 16, 2013, called for "a poor Church for the poor", saying he chose his papal name because St Francis of Assisi was "a man of poverty and a man of peace". -- PHOTO: AFP

VATICAN CITY (AFP, REUTERS) - Pope Francis on Saturday called for "a poor Church for the poor", saying he chose his papal name because St Francis of Assisi was "a man of poverty and a man of peace".

"How I would like a poor Church for the poor!" he said at a meeting with hundreds of journalists from around the world in the Vatican.

Francis described the emotional moments immediately after his election in a secret conclave in the Sistine Chapel on Wednesday. The Argentinian, formerly Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, said he had been sitting next to Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes, the archbishop emeritus of Sao Paulo.

"He hugged me and kissed me and told me not to forget the poor, and that word went in here," he said, pointing to his head. "I immediately thought of Francis of Assisi."

 
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