For Bergoglio to take the name Francis signals that, as pope, he will focus on social justice and global inequality, said Eric LeCompte, executive director of Jubilee USA Network, an interfaith organization that advocates financial reforms.
"The name is absolutely incredible. St. Francis is the saint of the poor. He's the saint that's known to stand up for peace and for justice," LeCompte said.
Of the new pope, he said: "He's been walking the walk. It's a different kind of thinking in the church when you give up some of the wealth and privilege and try to be as much as possible in solidarity with the poor."