//Musings on the Conversions of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Musings on the Conversions of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

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.”

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