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Wednesday, 13 March 2013
Pope Francis
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Is the new Pope, a Jesuit,  under the patronage of St Francis of Assisi, as many first thought? Humble, animal lover, very poor but not the tree hugging hippy of some stories. It isn't widely known that he went to Spain, Morocco and then the Holy Land in the wake of the Crusades in an attempt to evangelise the Saracens.

Or St Francis Xavier the Jesuit missionary who evangelised Goa and Japan? He seems to have been a handy man rooting out  corruption amongst certain Catholics of Goa who, according to the Oxford dictionary of saints were 'notorious for cruelty to slaves, open concubinage and neglect of the poor'.

Pope Francis will need the toughness of both, and the prayers of all people of faith and goodwill.

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Posted on 03/13/2013 3:07 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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