Vivat! Regnat!

Many years to Pope Francis I, and let’s all pray for him!

His name of course means “French”/”Frankish”, “freeman,” or “big honking Frankish axe you throw at people.”

(Ain’t I a stinker?)

Of course we think of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Francis Xavier (one of the founding Jesuits, who was rich, smart, totally annoyed by St. Ignatius Loyola at college, but pestered into joining up with the Company of Jesus, which he came to love), St. Francis de Sales (the great re-evangelist of France and Switzerland), St. Francis of Girolamo (another Jesuit), St. Francis Ferdinand de Capillas (one of the proto-martyrs of China), Bl. Francis Palau y Quer, and many more.

Father Z on his lunchmate, some dude from Argentina.

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