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I have always found it interesting that people like Dave Hunt always identify the "city on seven hills" with Rome. San Francisco is also built on seven hills, and it seems like a much better place for the Beast. Heck, an Anti-Christ probably wouldn't even stick out in that city. :)

Incidentally, the city is named, I'm pretty sure, for St. Francis of Assisi. The Carmelite missionaries that founded the missions up and down California named them after the saint whose feast day is was when the mission was established. That's why so many California cities have San(ta) names.

An exception is Santa Cruz, which was supposedly named for a miraculous cross that appeared to the local Indians BEFORE the Carmelites arrived. Made the Indians more than willing to listen to the missionaries' explanation of the symbol.

More than you ever wanted to know, I'm sure. :)

Thanks for the info, Joel. I figured someone would know. When I lived in Europe I visited the monastery/church where St. Francis of Sales (St. Francois de Sales), third of the three above, is buried. Since then I haven't been able to keep my Francises straight.

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