|Saint Francis of Assisi by Jusepe de Ribera|
Being awake in the middle of the night on October 1 I turned on the trusty BBC World Service at random, to find myself listening to “Heart and Soul”. The subject turned out to be “The saint who inspired the new Pope”, aka St Francis of Assisi, so at 4.30 AM. I heard producer, John Laurenson discussing sympathetically the special charism St Francis possessed and why Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, was attracted to him in the first place.
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