TJPodcast: What’s in a (Pope’s) Name?

icon of St. Francis by Jim Forest via Flickr

Icon of St. Francis in the Vatican Museums

We know that Jesuits can have a reputation for being know-it-alls (there’s an old joke about having three Jesuits having at least four opinions about any question you can ask). But in this case, we decided to ask for some help in understanding what our new pope’s namesake — St. Francis of Assissi — might suggest about his approach to his ministry, to the Church, and to the world.

And who better to ask about St. Francis than a Franciscan? I sat down to talk with Fr. Dan Horan, OFM, the author of the book (and blog) Dating God, which focuses on applying the insights of Franciscan spirituality to contemporary life. Here’s the interview:

And if you just can’t get enough of Franciscan spirituality or geeky religious humor (it’s at the end), here’s our full, nearly 15-minute conversation, in Daily Show throw-it-to-the-web style.

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