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Pope Francis and St. Francis

March 21, 2013

wolf gubbio stained glass

St.Francis is seen taming the wolf, Gubbio, in this stained glass depiction in the campus' Immaculate Conception Chapel

We were thrilled to learn last week that our new Pope chose the name "Francis." The choice of his name is a popular conversation topic. We are proud of the connection to our University's patron, St. Francis, who made it his life's work to care for nature, the poor, and the disadvantaged. Pope Francis was inaugurated on Tuesday and, like St. Francis, echoed that statement when he pleaded, "Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God's plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment."

We were asked to speak to the local media about St. Francis and what it means to live Franciscan values. Check out the stories: