Below is an interesting observation regarding the name that this Pope has adopted (thanks to an anon poster who made the same observation in the comments section a few posts below) and could provide an interesting link to the prophecies of St. Malachy:
St. Francis of Assisi (Italian: San Francesco d'Assisi, baptized Giovanni, bornFrancesco di Pietro di Bernardone; 1181/1182 – October 3, 1226) was anItalian Catholic friar and preacher. He founded the men's Franciscan Order, the women’s Order of St. Clare, and the Third Order of Saint Francis for men and women not able to live the lives of itinerant preachers followed by the early members of the Order of Friars Minor or the monastic lives of the Poor Clares.Though he was never ordained to the Catholic priesthood, Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history.
They are sometimes referred to as "God's Marines" or the church's "storm troopers" - a band of priests and missionaries who live sparse lives and are willing to accept religious orders anywhere in the world, sometimes living in extreme conditions.
Now, in a world first, a Jesuit has been appointed Pope in a surprise election that Australian Jesuits say could lead the Catholic Church in a new direction.
The Jesuits' first focus was the conversion of Muslims, then halting the spread of Protestantism.
Now that statement above is interesting. "...halting the spread of Protestantism"?