What’s in a name?
This essay is part about English names and naming and part about Pope Francis’ choice of name.
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Note that Frances is a female name. It is misspelt with an ‘i ‘ in parts of the article. A variant is Francine.
St. Francis of Assisi’s father was an Italian fabric merchant who often traveled to France to procure fabrics. He liked France so much that he named his son Francis. Before his conversion, Francis had been a playboy.
Why were the Jesuits and mendicant Franciscan orders traditional rivals, especially that St. Francis Xavier was a Jesuit?
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