In interviews with journalists last weekend, the newly elected Pope Francis said: "“And this is how the name came to me, in my heart: Francis of Assisi. The man of the poor, the man of peace, the man who loves and cares for creation – in this moment when we don’t have a very good relationship with creation, no?” he added, talking with reporters with Religion News Service.
“A man who gives us this spirit of peace, a poor man … Ah, how much I would like a poor church, for the poor!”
St. Francis was also a patron saint for environmentalists, and the pope who adopted the saint's name has alluded to his desire to improve the church's connection to creation care issues as well.
But improving the church's connection to the poor and social issues is a huge place to start. Pope Francis has his formal installation on Tuesday (March 19) at the Vatican.