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St Francis in Ecstasy by Caravaggio

How Franciscan is Pope Francis?

What perhaps we are not seeing from this Pope is the mystical and ecstatic characteristics of St Francis

Pope Francis greets the faithful crowding the square next to St Francis basilica, in Assisi

Minute-by-minute coverage of the historic visit to the birthplace of St Francis

Margaret Thatcher arriving at 10 Downing Street on May 4, 1979

She believed also in truth, in faith, and in hope where there was despair; and she prayed for these things, too.

Cardinal Martini after celebrating his final Mass as Archbishop of Milan in 2002 (AP)

The cardinal was calling for a religious revival, not for the abolition of unpopular Church teachings