Everyone is rightly talking about the extensive interview Pope Francis had with the editor of the Italian Jesuit magazine La Civilta Cattolica, which was published last week.
The Francis Chronicles
I read the America magazine interview by Jesuit Fr. Antonio Spadaro with Pope Francis with joy. There is so much in it to ponder and appreciate, yet the writing flows easily. But as I read, I wondered yet again, "Where are the U.S. bishops?"
Reflecting on Tuesday's Responsorial Psalm, "Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord," Pope Francis reminds us that Jesus walks with us through times of holiness and times of sin, according to Vatican Radio.
John Allen in Rome: Francis called for serious efforts to address poverty and for international cooperation to tackle problems that individual countries can't address on their own.
Pope Francis made one of his strongest attacks on the global economic system on Sunday, saying it could no longer be based on a "god called money" and urged the unemployed to fight for work, according to a Reuters news report.
On his second Italian trip outside Rome, Pope Francis today visited the island of Sardinia, reinforcing his image as a pope of the social gospel by stressing the importance of jobs and environmental protection.
"If there's to be authentic promotion of the person, work has to be guaranteed," the pope said, insisting that work and human dignity are closely intertwined.
Pope Francis said Saturday the goal of church communications is “to understand how to enter into dialogue with the men and women of today in order to appreciate their desires, their doubts and their hopes.”
His words reflected the opening paragraph of the Vatican II document, the “Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World,” which reads: “The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the men [and women] of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ.”
The transforming gaze of Jesus was the subject of Pope Francis’ remarks after the readings at Mass Saturday, the Feast of St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist, whose conversion story is told in the Gospel passage of the day.
Jesus looks at Matthew – a tax collector, a public sinner whose whole life was money, which he idolized – right in the eye. Then, said Francis, “[Matthew feels] in his heart the gaze of the Lord who looked upon him.”
The U.S. Catholic bishop who grabbed headlines when he said he was "disappointed" Pope Francis had not spoken more about abortion now says he is "grateful" to the pope for widening the vision of the church.
Providence, R.I., Bishop Thomas Tobin made his newest remarks in a statement Friday, one day after Jesuit publications around the world published an exclusive interview with the pontiff, who said he felt "reprimanded" by some in the church.
Pope Francis’ statements of late -- on solidarity with the poor, on the need for community and on refocusing the church’s energies away from a narrow focus on sexual issues -- may sound shocking to some. This is a much different tone than the image of the papacy in recent times.