In an interview with Pope Francis in August 2013, Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro, editor of Civilta Cattolica, began with an unscripted question, asking the Pontiff point-blank: “Who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio?” Spadaro notes: “The pope stares at me in silence. I ask him if this is a question that I am allowed to ask…. He nods that it is, and he tells me: ‘I do not know what might be the most fitting description…. I am a sinner. This is the most accurate definition. It is not a figure of speech, a literary genre. I am a sinner’.” Further, the Jesuit pope clarified: “… the best summary, the one that comes more from the inside and I feel most true is this: I am a sinner whom the Lord has looked upon.”Login to read more
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