He has to choose a new name because he is a new enlightened person in a new role. Often, but not always, this name will bear some symbolism to say something about him, his views or some other factor. The new Pope Francis chose this name to represent his humility and caring for the disadvantaged.
So what I want to know is, if you were elected Pope, which name would you choose? And why if you care to share?
Realistically, women wouldn’t be answering this question today, and probably not any time soon, but this is a thought exercise so go for it! I’m all for women in the clergy!
Please click here if you want a history of papal names for your consideration. It’s actually quite an interesting read!