This October, the Parliament of the World's Religions will convene in Salt Lake City, Utah for the largest and most historic interfaith gathering on record.
The man now known as Pope Francis is the first Jesuit elected to head the Roman Catholic Church.
But the name he chose as pope comes from another holy order: the Franciscans.
Sister Elise Kriss is president of the University of Saint Francis here in Fort Wayne. As you might expect, she's also Franciscan.
WBOI's Sean Bueter talked to Kriss about her reaction to Wednesday’s papal election, and the story behind the new pope’s namesake.