Pope Francis chose to honor St. Francis of Assisi by his choice of name, but it has become clear that His Holiness didn't just want to pay homage to the humble saint; he wants the faithful to emulate him.
In a smattering of medieval churches across Europe, relics from the saintly tradition of dragon slaying still hang from the walls or rest behind lush glass cases, claiming to be actual bones from the mythological beasts.
Austin has the reputation of being not your typical Texas town -- it's more liberal and more secular than the rest of this Bible Belt state. Perceptions notwithstanding, there's plenty of religion going on in Austin. You can see it from the street.
As this guy continues to go off script and shoot from the hip, he might be giving nightmares to his advisors and the core Vatican hierarchy, but he's touching a whole segment of the population that other pontiffs have been unable to reach.
I can be as born again as the former tax collectors and prostitutes of the New Testament, as devout as Mother Theresa, as divinely gifted as a saint, but because I was divorced at the age of 24, I can never be part of an Orthodox religion.