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I was impressed with Pope Francis I when he was announced as the new pope. Being a first in many things (Jesuit pope, non-European pope, etc.), the pope really surprised me by washing the feet of not only detainees but also two women in the detainees. I think he will be good and bring some change into the church.

Pope washes feet of young detainees in Holy Thursday ritual by Claudio Lavanga, NBC News (28 March 2013)

ROME – Since he was elected leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis has proved many times over that he wants to break away from clerical privilege, come down from St. Peter’s throne and act as a humble servant of the faithful.

And on Holy Thursday he reinforced the idea that he will champion social outcasts and the poor by washing the feet of a dozen young inmates in a juvenile detention center.


Ever since I learned the pope was resigning, I have been wondering how a name is chosen for the pope. This gave me my answer.

“What’s in a name? Clues to be found in next pope’s moniker” by Laura Smith-Park, CNN (4 March 2013)

The secret election to pick a new pope has yet to begin. But whoever is picked may already be mulling over a choice of name — and what it means.