Francis turns on charm in first meeting with press

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    VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis has been speaking to reporters at the Vatican today, offering a glimpse into the moments after his election. 

    He says his friend, Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes (HOO'-mehs), embraced him when he reached the votes needed to be elected and told him: "Don't forget about the poor." Francis explained that's how he decided to take the name of St. Francis of Assisi, who devoted his life to the poor and missionary outreach. 

    Some suggested he may have chosen for Francis Xavier, co-founder of the Jesuit order to which he belongs. But Francis says he was inspired immediately after the election when he thought about wars. 

    The pope says St. Francis of Assisi was a "man who loved and cared for creation," adding "in this moment we don't have such a great relationship with creation."

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