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The new pontiff explains his choice of name in off-the-cuff remarks to journalists on Saturday, and emphasizes care of the environment. He also gives them only a silent blessing in respect for non-Catholics and nonbelievers, potentially a controversial move.


  1. I have heard many good things about Pope Francis I. I certainly like his concern for the poor and the environment. I believe he is far more likely to follow the guidance of Jesus than the money brokers of the Vatican. I have not heard one word about his attitude toward the role of women in the future church. Does anyone have a clue?

  2. I am a simple man, a simple Buddhist Monk, and I would like to say I have been following Pope Francis since he has been elected. I would like to say thus far in my belief he has been great, and a very humble man. I believe the True Vicar of Christ is upon us and I wish him well. May he and his parishioners be blessed always.

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