What the pope had to say...

America and a number of Jesuit journals around the world jointly published today a lengthy exclusive interview with Pope Francis, conducted by Antonio Spadaro, S.J., editor in chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit journal.

America titles the 12,000 word piece, "A Big Heart Open to God."  That's an apt title for a wide-ranging interview that picks up on many things Francis has already said publicly and expands on here.  You won't discover ground-shifting changes here but you will find that the image of Francis we've seen developing over the past six months of his papacy is an accurate one, in spite of how the MSM has often distorted it with shorthand headlines.

Here's some good advice from Sam Rocha over at Patheos:
Please, don’t read (the interview) for melodrama or controversy: read for what is there, no more and no less. Grab a cup of coffee and sit down for a few minutes to hear what Pope Francis — the man of flesh and bone — has to say. Breathe. Think. Ponder. Question. Imagine. Check. Double-check. Set it aside. Repeat. Then, and only then, perhaps, express an opinion or a point of view, with charity. Resist the temptation to objectify, politicize, and use the Pope’s words, given in a pastoral spirit.
So when you have some time and a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine), sit down and open your heart and mind to what Pope Francis has to say...


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  1. I had to Google MSM to find that it stands for Mainstream Media. I had just finished reading the interview before I switched to Concordpastor.blogspot.com

    Pope Francis is a remarkable individual. I think we are so blessed to have him as pope at this time in history. His emphasis on mercy reminds me very much of the emphasis you have always placed on mercy, Concord Pastor.

    I enjoyed finding out the pope's favorites in the world of art, music, literature and movies.

    I also liked learning about how close he was to his grandmother and the great love he has for her to this day.

    Next time I go to the dentist I'll think of Pope Francis and say a prayer for him!



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