I’m excited to share with you the link to the interview with Pope Francis just released by America Magazine. The interview. which took place over the course of three meetings this past August, was conducted by Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro, editor in chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit journal.
It’s a special treat to have such a close-up look at our Holy Father. So far (I’m still going through it and likely will go through it at least once more), this is my favorite quote:
“I see clearly,” the pope continues, “that the thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity. I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else. Heal the wounds, heal the wounds…. And you have to start from the ground up.”
Here’s the link to the interview. After you’ve read it, I’m curious to know: What did you find most striking about the interview with Pope Francis?