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TODAY   |  October 04, 2013

Pope Francis makes pilgrimage to honor namesake

The leader of the Catholic Church is walking in the footsteps of his namesake on Friday. He hopes his journey will both commemorate Saint Francis of Assisi and reinforce the focus on the church’s attention to the poor. NBC’s Anne Thompson reports.

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>> a special pilgrimage today to honor a saint and send a message to his church. ann thompson is in italy with more. good morning.

>> good morning, natalie. pope francis is just finishing up lunch at a soup kitchen as once again he useds this visit to try to refocus the catholic church 's attention on the poor and those that society often forgets. today the pope is literally walking in the footsteps of his name sake. st. francis was a rich young man who 800 years ago renounced his worldly possessions and catholics believe responded to god's call to rebuild his church. today, pope francis is trying to do that very same thing with the modern church warning it today that it must strip away it's worldliness, it's greatest threat. now, pope francis this week met with a group of 8 cardinals and decided that he is going to overhaul the vatican to try and make it more responsive to the 1.2 million catholics as opposed to being so vatican centric as he calls it. they are with him on this trip and they include sean o'malley who is a friar himself.