Pope Francis I promises to be strong pro-life world leader

Francis IThe new leader of the Catholic Church, Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio, promises to be a pre-eminent spokesperson making the case for life in the world. Taking the name Francis I, Cardinal Bergoglio has spent many years living a life of simplicity and poverty modeled after his patron, St. Francis of Assisi. According to Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta, the new pope lives in a “simple and non-threatening way,” able to relate to the common person and converse on a level of familiarity with him.

It may have been from this heart of familiarity with common man and the challenges that the modern person often faces that Cardinal Bergoglio commented on the plight of unwed mothers in Argentina. Less than a year ago, he made the following comments to his priests:

In our ecclesiastical region there are priests who don’t baptize the children of single mothers because they weren’t conceived in the sanctity of marriage. These are today’s hypocrites… Those who separate the people of God from salvation. And this poor girl who, rather than returning the child to sender, had the courage to carry it into the world, must wander from parish to parish so that it’s baptized!

Truly, the life movement can expect great things from a Holy Father who holds the unborn and their mothers so very close to his heart.

  • Anne of Leitrim

    I love him already, may God bless and guide him.

  • I hear from an excellent source he is a very humble and wise man. His “Francis,” however, is for Francis Xavier.

    • Where is this information from? All news outlets are reporting Francis of Assisi :)

      • Kasey

        I don’t think anyone knows for sure yet if Pope Francis picked his name in regards to St. Francis of Assisi or St. Francis Xavier. EWTN reports that that information is unclear at this time. It’s quite fascinating! Especially for this being the Year of Faith! Great day in history and for Catholics and non-catholics who are joined with us in an imperfect union. And seeing that quote above from Papa Francis is sure to excite Christians everywhere! How beautiful baptisms are! <3

        • Thanks for sharing! I have been wishing all day that I still got EWTN — I should watch online.

          Francis Xavier makes sense because of the Jesuit connection, but Francis of Assisi seems to be the patron of his lifestyle. It will be interesting to see which one he chose as his patron, but they do both fit.

          • Marcy Castro

            A video of him speaking about his name was posted today and he did say Francis of Asissi because he loved the poor, was a man of peace and loved creation. Lillian was correct.

    • FWIW, apparently a Vatican spokesperson has confirmed that Assisi is the patron, not Xavier :)


      In the homily I heard tonight, the priest said that during the Conclave, when it was becoming clear who was to be our next Papa, a Cardinal next to him embraced him and whispered “take care of the poor”. Immediately afterward, the name Francis came to him and it was Francis of Assisi. However, being a Jesuit, and eager to make us all evangelizers again, it is also fitting that Francis Xavier should have an influence on him.

    • O.k., I’m not even going to reveal my clearly incorrect “source.” Sorry all! Francis of Assisi – how wonderful.

  • Jenna

    I think Francis Xavier makes sense given the Jesuit connection.

  • I am not a Catholic but he seems like a good and honest man! God bless him as he leads the Catholic church!

    • This is awesome! I saw an ABC anchor say something like, “I’m a Baptist preacher’s daughter, but it’s hard — no matter who you are — not to be excited by the election of a new pope.”

  • George Wells

    The Catholic Church will always be strong and guided by God. The life movement is the key to salvation. Pope Francis I is the truly the vicar of Christ. He imbodies the One Universal Church, and I’m excited for Pope Francis and all of Christianity.

  • DouglasDauntless

    I hope the Pope has guts enough to tell Obama, Pelosi, and Biden, they kill a million babies a year and he, the Pope will not see these killers.

  • DouglasDauntless

    The Pope should excommunicate, Pelosi and Biden for following the son of the Devil

  • This man goes from strength to strength! The more i hear, the more I like!

  • I am Catholic and he seem’s to me to be coming from a liberation theology. I pray that this is not why he was elected . We will see! Ithink that under the strange circumstances, politics had entered the picture!