The gaze of the crucified Jesus – Pope Francis at Assisi and a lesson for me

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Where did Francis’s journey to Christ begin? It began with the gaze of the crucified Jesus. With letting Jesus look at us at the very moment that he gives his life for us and draws us to himself. 

If I read only those three lines from Pope Francis’ homily for the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, I would have enough to contemplate for the next year. Or more. On the memorial of this saint who is loved world wide, the Holy Father visited Assisi, where he met with 100 or so sick and severely disabled children at the Seraphic Institute, blessing each and kissing the cheeks of many of them. (more…)

Three striking things about Pope Francis’ interview with La Repubblica founder Eugeno Scalfari

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In yet another surprise move, Pope Francis granted a private – and frank – interview with professed atheist and La Repubblica founder Eugenio Scalfari. You may recall that the Pope wrote a letter to Scalfari this summer in response to several questions he’d posed in various articles run in the paper.  La Repubblica is one of Italy’s leading newspapers.

Pope Francis made the phone call and arranged the (more…)

A Big Heart Open to God – Exclusive Interview with Pope Francis

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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 (more…)