Pope Francis took the name ‘Francis’ to connect with St. Francis of Assisi – the 12th/13th century saint who proposed a radical way of living the Gospel for his time.
On the eve of his feast day, Pope Francis made his first trip outside Rome since the Covid19 pandemic to sign his third encyclical letter at the tomb of St. Francis so that it could be published on St. Francis’ feast day – Oct 4th.
The document in Italian has the title “FRATELLI TUTTI” (which means brothers all.
Pope Francis says he chose the title because “with these words, Saint Francis of Assisi addressed his brothers and sisters and proposed to them a way of life marked by the flavour of the Gospel.”
It was published to the world at a conference in the Vatican. You can the conference here. (It has English translation and some contributors are English-speaking.)Read the encyclical in English here.