Oops! Missed the date on this. Old (and inaccurate) news. Turns out he hastened to call himself an atheist shortly thereafter. Alas.
Still, as somebody with a deep fondness for St. Francis (hey! us Dominicans have always gotten on well with St. Francis) I’m particularly struck that a man raised in the milieu of the Eastern Church find this quintessentially Western saint so attractive. Francis may get his man yet. You never know. Deathbed confessions still happen. Gives me hope for the reunion that will have to happen sooner or later since the Church is One. It’s the same sense I get when I see Westerners getting excited about Eastern saints (and a happy feast day to you Father Chrysostom!)