As soon as the new pope was elected, he took on a different name. He chose to be called Pope Francis. According to a news source, he had his first audience with journalists and media on March 16, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican.
Pope Francis offered intimate insights into the moments after his election including why he was immediately inspired to take the name of Francis. He explained that he was inspired by St. Francis of Assisi and the work he did to bring peace and help to the poor.
Pope Francis thanked the media for their coverage during the historic transition of the papacy and explained his vision of the future for the Catholic Church.
Pope Francis tells when he was officially elected his friend, Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes, hugged and kissed him. Then Hummes said, "Don't forget about the poor."
Pope Francis recalled:
"And that's how in my heart came the name Francis of Assisi."
St. Francis of Assisi devoted his life to the poor, missionary outreach and caring for God's creation.
Pope Francis said some have wondered whether his name was a reference to other Francis figures, including St. Frances de Sales or even the co-founder of the pope's Jesuit order, Francis Xavier. However, he immediately cleared the speculations.
Pope Francis summarized what will be a main focus of his mission:
"Oh how I would like a poor church and a church for the poor."