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Secretary, Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life

"It's something that I confirmed in an audience I had with him: to have before me a brother, a friend and colleague from years back is great. His simplicity and approachability, his capacity to listen, and dialogue. This is what makes anyone feel welcome around Pope Francis. You feel as if you're with family.”

During his first private audience with the Pope, they spoke about some of the challenges  religious orders face.

Secretary, Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life
"In the last synod on the New Evangelization, a proposal was passed on to Benedict XVI. It mentions that the charism and the Church hierarchy should not be mutually exclusive, bur rather they should complement each other.”

The Franciscan leader was surprised to hear that the new Pope chose the name 'Francis' in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. Especially since the name holds great symbolism.

Secretary, Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life
"By simply choosing that name, we see a type of project or a plan to take action. It's a life project that follows the same path Bergoglio led as a Cardinal in Buenos Aires. It's a simple life, full of humility that's felt by people. In fact, just a few days after being elected, he told a group of journalists that he wanted a poor Church that works for the poor. I think that the name Francis clearly sends this message.”

Since Jesuits pledge their loyalty to the Church, Carballo says that the fact that the Pope is a Jesuit is not only a novelty, it's also something that adds a creative touch to his Pontificate.