Pope says St. Francis teaches all to be instruments of peace
Francis says Franciscan peace not 'overly sentimental'04 October, 12:03
The pope, who chose the name of the 13th-century saint in honour of the Assisi native's devotion to the poor and humble, spoke during a Mass celebrating the work of St. Francis.
The peace of St. Francis has its source in God and promises that "those who follow Christ receive true peace that only He, and not the world, can give us," said the pope.
Citing the famous prayer of peace written by St. Francis, the pope emphasized the message is not one of weakness, but of great strength.
"Franciscan peace is not an overly sentimental feeling," said the pope, who visited Assisi on the saint's feast day.
"Please: This St. Francis does not exist! "The peace of St. Francis is that of Christ," and those who follow his lead "with meekness and humility of heart".