He added: "Although I am not very familiar with many Catholic saints, I do know about St Francis, having visited Assisi and attended inter-religious gatherings there.
"His discipline, the simplicity of his way of life and his love for all creatures are qualities that I find deeply inspiring. I am moved to know that his is the name you have chosen for your papacy.”
A woman who claims she was once the girlfriend of Pope Francis said the pair broke up because he wanted to become a priest.
Pope Francis put his humility on display during his first day today, stopping by his hotel to pick up his luggage and pay the bill himself.
Julie Etchingham has spoken to Vatican insiders who have given her interesting details on the man chosen to lead the Roman Catholic Church.