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Pope Francis brings firsts

“His choice of name, I think, is remarkable,” said Paul Lakeland, chair of Catholic Studies at Fairfield (Conn.) University, a Jesuit school. “It’s a way of striking out on his own. What does St. Francis mean to the church? He means poverty. He means humility. He means reform for the church. Whatever the cardinals were thinking in electing Bergoglio, they were thinking that reform will be one of his responsibilities.”

Published in The Journal News on 3/13/13

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