Pope Remains ‘Not Afraid’

By Gerard O’Connell, December 22-29 issue, America Magazine on-line

Immediately after his election on March 13, 2013, Pope Francis told himself, “Jorge, do not change, continue being yourself because to change at your age would be ridiculous.” He revealed this interesting personal detail in a wide-ranging exclusive multi-part interview with Elisabetta Piquè published in the daily La Nación of Argentina beginning on Dec 7.

Asked why he thought some sectors in the church feel disoriented and assert that today the church is like a ship without a rudder, especially after the recent synod, Francis questioned whether people had really said this. He suggested that part of the problem is that people don’t read what he has written: an encyclical together with Benedict XVI, homilies, declarations and “The Joy of the Gospel.” (To continue reading, click here)

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