Pope Francis also explained that he chose the name Francis because of what a cardinal told him on the day he became Pope.
“On the election day I had next to me the Archbishop emeritus of Sao Paolo and the prefect emeritus of the Congregation of the Clergy, Cardinal Claudio Hummes, a great friend,” he said.
“When the voting resulted in the election of the Pope, he hugged me, he kissed me and he told me ‘do not forget the poor,’” said the Pope.
He explained that the words “the poor” remained stuck in his head and he suddenly thought of Saint Francis of Assisi.
“Man of poverty, man of peace, man who loves and guards the Creator,” said Pope Francis.
“And in these times we don’t have a good relation with the Creator, right?” he asked the crowd.
He explained that it is the poor man who gives “a spirit of peace.”
“Oh how I would like a poor Church and for the poor!” he remarked.