Pope Francis today spoke to reporters about why he choose his papal name . Here's a partial transcript of the answer.
[During the vote] "... I thought of Francis of Assisi. I thought of wars while the vote counting continued, until the end of all the votes ... And Francis, the man of peace. That was how the name came into my heart. Francis of Assisi. And for me, the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and guards creation. At this time that we have a relationship with creation that is not very good, right?"Right.
With this eco-emphasis so early in his pontificate, be sure to stay tuned for more on ecology from Pope Francis—the man of poverty, peace, and protecting creation.