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Francis I: A Pope For The Poor?
Task: Use the available resources on Moodle to help answer the following questions. You may need to carry out some basic research.| 1. When a new Pope is elected in it is tradition that they take a new name. Why is the name Francis significant? Who is he named after and why were they important?Pope Francis is named after Saint Francis of Assisi. St. Francis of Assisi was born into a wealthy family although after the war he decided to live in poverty. Which is why this name is significant to the new pope as he had done the same and has chose to live a simple life..| 2. What evidence is there to suggest that Pope Francis I is trying to live a more simple lifestyle (when compared to previous Popes)?Catching the bus, living in an apartment and cooking his own food were some examples of living a simple lifestyle.| 3. As the new Pope, what message do you think Pope Francis is sending to his Roman Catholic followers around the world through his actions? He’s sending a message to other cardinals, bishops and priests that this is what we need to do – to reach out to people, not being content to wait for them to come to us. More broadly, he’s sending the same message to all Catholics everywhere.| 4. Hypothesise what his priorities may be as the new Pope. What agenda do you think will be at the forefront of his leadership of the Roman Catholic Church? | Conclusion: I think Pope Francis I is/is not a good religious role model because I think pope Francis is a new pope that the catholic church have never seen before|
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