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March 13th, 2013
06:29 PM ET

CNN Vatican analyst: Pope Francis' name choice 'precedent shattering'

(CNN) - Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, the new pope, is breaking historic ground by choosing the name Francis.

It's the first time the name is being used by a pope, said CNN Vatican expert John Allen.

Pope Francis chose his name in honor of St. Francis of Assisi because he is a lover of the poor, said Vatican deputy spokesman Thomas Rosica.

"Cardinal Bergoglio had a special place in his heart and his ministry for the poor, for the disenfranchised, for those living on the fringes and facing injustice," Rosica said.

St. Francis, one of the most venerated figures in the Roman Catholic Church, was known for connecting with fellow Christians, Rosica added.

Allen described the name selection as "the most stunning" choice and "precedent shattering."

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  1. DisenPopeinate the world!

    Stunning and shattering? How about "Pope GonnaStopLyingAndStonewallingAboutThePedophiliaScandal" instead? Or "Pope GonnaWorryAboutMyOwnDefectsAndNotPassJudgementOnHowOthersLiveTheirLives"?

    Those would be stunning. Never going to happen though.

    March 14, 2013 at 1:04 am |
  2. errybody's problem

    God bless Pope Francis! God bless all Catholics!

    March 13, 2013 at 11:59 pm |
    • Rollo Tomasi

      A real god wold bless everybody. Only a fake man-made god would be so capricious and arbitrary.

      March 14, 2013 at 1:21 am |
    • A Conversation

      Rollo...He did bless everyone...and His blessing is available for all...no begging required...seek out Jesus.

      March 14, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
  3. Saul

    Must read book, only .99 cents on kindle exposes the truth of Jesus from the Hebrew Scriptures. Trust me, it's worth the read.
    http://www.amazon .com/300-Times-examination-prophecies-ebook/dp/B00BDFMLAI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363233322&sr=8-1&keywords=300+prophecies+of+jesus

    March 13, 2013 at 11:59 pm |
  4. Reality

    "The Two Universal Sects

    They all err—Moslems, Jews,
    Christians, and Zoroastrians:

    Humanity follows two world-wide sects:
    One, man intelligent without religion,
    The second, religious without intellect. "

    Al-Ma'arri
    , born AD 973 /, died AD 1058 / .

    Al-Ma’arri was a blind Arab philosopher, poet and writer.[1][2] He was a controversial rationalist of his time, attacking the dogmas of religion and rejecting the claim that Islam possessed any monopoly on truth."

    Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/resalat-al-ghufran#ixzz1lI6DuZmZ and http://www.humanistictexts.org/al_ma'arri.htm

    Death's Debt is Paid in
    Full
    Death's debt is then and there

    Paid down by dying men;

    But it is a promise bare

    That they shall rise again.

    Al-Ma'arri

    March 13, 2013 at 11:15 pm |
  5. He is the last Pope, right?

    March 13, 2013 at 10:14 pm |
    • Don't cry for me Argentina

      March 13, 2013 at 10:16 pm |
  6. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    New hindu crook donkey head, secular Pope, self proclaimed sovereign hindu sanatan shaman man god is none other than a child of Italian hindu secular ism Mafia, out to hind humanity with kosher salami in to hindu Catholic ism, compound of hinduism pagan ism and hindu, corrupted teaching of Israelite. Way of hindu crook Pundits to lour innocent in to hindu gentile ism slavery of hindu crook Jews, secular s.

    March 13, 2013 at 9:41 pm |
    • Mama Mohammad

      Mohammaaaaaaaad WASH YOUR HANDS NOW!!! How many times I told you, every time you clean your ass with your hands, you MUST wash your hands? And stop using that training potty, that is for your grand son, not for you idiot.

      March 13, 2013 at 10:02 pm |
  7. Quest ion

    Who in the world cares? I mean beside the romanists.

    March 13, 2013 at 8:58 pm |
    • EX catholic

      It looks like Atheists do care about the Pope.

      March 17, 2013 at 11:42 pm |
  8. AB

    There is no God but you can still have fun.

    March 13, 2013 at 8:55 pm |
    • AB

      or
      There is no fun, but you can still have God.

      March 13, 2013 at 9:43 pm |
  9. SAAB

    it could have been even more shattering, had he continued with real name Jorge

    March 13, 2013 at 8:47 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Or Lando II

      March 13, 2013 at 8:59 pm |
  10. Jorge Bergoglio

    I didn't do it !!! I didn't do it !!!

    March 13, 2013 at 8:42 pm |
    • Quest ion

      Ok; if you didn't do it who did it?

      Did you look the other way?

      Did you ignore the issues?

      Were they your friends?

      Did you cover-up?

      Are you or are you not?

      March 13, 2013 at 9:02 pm |
  11. Answer

    Guess they didn't like to actually use a real descriptive moniker like "King of the Pedos".

    March 13, 2013 at 8:34 pm |
  12. EX catholic

    Pope Frankie. 😀 😀

    March 13, 2013 at 8:25 pm |
    • Quest ion

      Frankie who? Please explain.

      March 13, 2013 at 9:03 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Relax – Frankie goes to Vaticano.

      March 13, 2013 at 9:20 pm |
    • ..

      Or Hollywood. Either way.

      March 14, 2013 at 12:28 am |
  13. I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

    What CNN intern did this photo essay:

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/13/world/gallery/my-name-is-francis/index.html

    The "Francis Bacon" they included is a 20th century artist. It's a wonder they didn't include the English cricketer instead.

    Somehow they left out the Elizabethan philosopher:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Bacon

    March 13, 2013 at 7:16 pm |
    • clarity

      LOL. Darn – I tried to see if Kevin Bacon had a brother or uncle named Francis, but no luck – lol.

      March 13, 2013 at 7:22 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Sir Francis Bacon was played by Sir Donald Crisp in 1939's 'Essêx and Elizabeth' who ...

      also played alonside Sir Laurence Olivier the same year in 'Wuthering Heights'.

      Sir Laurence Olivier played alongside Kirk Douglas in 1960's 'Spartacus'.

      Kirk Douglas played alongside Walter Matthau in 1962's 'Lonely are the Brave'.

      Walter Matthau played alongside Jack Nicholson (who played Dolan) in 1964's 'Ensign Pulver'

      and ...

      Jack Nicholson played alongside Kevin Bacon in 'A Few Good Men'.

      "Colonel Jessep, you have the right to remain silent. Any statement you make..."

      March 13, 2013 at 8:09 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      I'm surprised that Connie Francis wasn't in that photo essay.

      March 13, 2013 at 9:40 pm |
  14. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    Hinduism, absurdity of a hindu criminal wolf in sheep cloths, who made natives of America poor, none but hindu criminal Catholic church, Nothing but hindu criminal mid night Jackals pretending to be angels to hind, destroy humanity.

    March 13, 2013 at 7:16 pm |
    • muchos problemas

      papi mad, me taka taka sheep, mama mad, me no clean hands, underpants brown, smell malo, but me mucho computi computi, indoo malo, indoo malo, hi hi hi

      March 13, 2013 at 10:12 pm |
  15. Dennis

    CNN, can we have less of the pope articles now already. He's just a man. In a dress.

    March 13, 2013 at 6:59 pm |
  16. Pope On A Rope Soap

    No matter what he calls himself, just watch where his eyes and his hands go.

    March 13, 2013 at 6:51 pm |
  17. Jizelle

    Nice to hear that the new pope has a special place for the poor and the disenfranchised.

    March 13, 2013 at 6:46 pm |
    • Pope On A Rope Soap

      See what SAAB said.

      March 13, 2013 at 6:52 pm |
    • Jizelle

      If the pope has a heart for the poor his stewardship in dealing with charitable work will be well reflected . Why are you in such hurry to dispense church property?

      March 13, 2013 at 7:18 pm |
    • Christianity is a form of SEVERE mental illness

      I wonder if the zombie jesus was around today, would he surround himself with such wealth? Would he be wearing designer shoes from the land of oz?

      March 14, 2013 at 1:48 pm |
  18. SAAB

    if he is true a Francis, a lover of the poor, he should set an example by auctioning off some of Vatican's artwork and use money for poor around the world.

    March 13, 2013 at 6:42 pm |
    • Christianity is a form of SEVERE mental illness

      You are talking about a church that protects and promotes child r @ pe....do you really think they would do the right thing...lol

      March 14, 2013 at 12:05 pm |
  19. Ted Peters

    Ted's Timely Take on "The New Pope's Name."
    I don't think the Vatican will ever be the same.
    Pope Dominic? Pope Benedict? Much too tame!!
    A pope named Ignatius
    Would be too rapacious.
    So we get a Jesuit with a Franciscan name.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMbaCrTY744 YouTubeVBlog

    March 13, 2013 at 6:39 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      St. Francis Xavier was one of the first seven Jesuits.

      March 13, 2013 at 7:00 pm |
  20. I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

    NOBODY expects the Argentinian Inquisition!

    "Allen described the name selection as "the most stunning" choice and "precedent shattering."

    Stunning, shattering, really?

    Like he was going to call himslelf Boniface or Pius. Francis is a nice name to choose. Let it go at that.

    March 13, 2013 at 6:38 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Or Innocent!

      Or Valentine II

      List of Papal names (from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papal_name ) in order of frequency.

      John
      Gregory
      Benedict
      Clement
      Innocent
      Leo
      Pius
      Stephen
      Boniface
      Urban
      Alexander
      Adrian
      Paul
      Celestine
      Nicholas
      Sixtus
      Anastasius
      Eugene
      Honorius
      Sergius
      Callixtus
      Felix
      Julius
      Lucius
      Martin
      Sylvester
      Victor
      Adeodatus
      Agapetus
      Damasus
      Gelasius
      John Paul
      Marcellus
      Marinus
      Paschal
      Pelagius
      Theodore

      - only one pope used the following names:

      Agatho
      Anacletus
      Anicetus
      Anterus
      Caius
      Conon
      Constantine
      Cornelius
      Dionysius
      Donus
      Eleuterus
      Eusebius
      Eutychian
      Evaristus
      Fabian
      Formosus
      Francis
      Hilarius
      Hormisdas
      Hyginus
      Lando
      Liberius
      Linus
      Marcellinus
      Mark
      Miltiades
      Peter
      Pontian
      Romanus
      Sabinian
      Severinus
      Silverius
      Simplicius
      Siricius
      Sisinnius
      Soter
      Symmachus
      Telesphorus
      Valentine
      Vigilius
      Vitalian
      Zachary
      Zephyrinus
      Zosimus

      March 13, 2013 at 6:45 pm |
    • Pope On A Rope Soap

      I would have prefered "Bwian".

      March 13, 2013 at 6:53 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Just as well he didn't choose

      Hilarius II

      that would be _________.

      March 13, 2013 at 6:56 pm |
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