His home base is Saint Francis of Assisi Church in Midtown Manhattan.
“Always preach the Gospel,” St. Francis of Assisi, from whom the new pope adopted his name, had once said.
Consider Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.
In 1997, an earthquake in Assisi caused the collapse of the main cathedral and killed ten people.
Francis, we are told, could be a reference to St. Francis of Assisi, who, like Bergoglio, was known for his humility.
Then Brother Elias, hearing this, had them severely beaten by his servants, and drove them from Assisi in great confusion.
This is said to have been the experience of St. Francis of Assisi.
It therefore received the fugitives with alacrity, and making their cause its own, declared war upon Assisi.
Two leper-stories are told to the honour of St Francis of Assisi.
The Oddi were again driven from the city, but a war followed which devastated the fertile country between Perugia and Assisi.