12 things to know about Pope Francis

Published On: Mar 14 2013 10:40:01 AM PDT   Updated On: Jan 14 2015 12:00:00 AM PST

As Pope Francis continues his tour of Asia, learn more about the leader of the Catholic Church with 12 interesting facts.

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6. The new pope broke historic ground by choosing the name Francis, as this is the first time the name is being used by a pope, said CNN Vatican expert John Allen. Pope Francis chose his name in honor of St. Francis of Assisi because he is a lover of the poor.

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