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OCT 18, 2013 - Huffington Post

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'Francesco' Baby Name Is Italy's Most Popular

ROME (RNS) Moved by the election of Pope Francis seven months ago, the name “Francesco” has leapfrogged to No. 1 on the list of the most popular baby names in Italy, according to a study. The study, conducted by Enzo Caffarelli, who researches the origins of names at Rome’s Tor Vergata University, along with telephone directory publisher Seat PG Italia, also showed a trend toward re-naming streets, town squares and parks for St. Francis of Assisi, the pontiff’s namesake. There are now more than 2,000 public places in Italy named after Francis; 300 of them were named this year. The name ... Read More

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