Scalfari interview with Francis: he didn’t tape it or take notes. So how accurate is it?—UPDATED

From John Allen in NCR:  While stressing the basic “trustworthiness” of a recent blockbuster interview with Pope Francis by Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari, Fr. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, left room on Oct. 2 for the possibility of small imprecisions. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, who was among the cardinals who elected Francis, today [Read More...]

“Jesus can be found through your wounds”: popes and the disabled

Yesterday, during his visit to Assisi, Pope Francis made a memorable and moving stop at a home for disabled youth. Rome Reports has a video below. Commenters on social media couldn’t stop talking about it.  One reader wrote to me: “What did I do to deserve to be alive for this pope?” You’d almost think [Read More...]

Just another quiet week at the Vatican

And veteran Vatican-watcher John Thavis helps put it in perspective: It’s been a busy week at the Vatican: a date set for the canonization of two popes, a stunning new papal interview, a meeting of the pope’s “Group of 8” cardinal advisors and an important visit by the pope to the birthplace of his namesake, [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words: “You sit here”

Priceless: a little boy shows Pope Francis to his seat during a lunch break in Assisi today. Vatican Radio reports what the Holy Father had to say: Christians and the Church must strip themselves of worldliness, said Pope Francis while addressing some of the poor in the Italian hill town of Assisi early Friday. The [Read More...]

Papal interviews are “a genre to which we are not accustomed”

From Catholic News Service:  When Pope Benedict XVI answered a journalist’s 2010 question about condom use by offering a nuanced reflection on the ethical complexities of a hypothetical case, his words led to a worldwide media sensation, a clarification by the Vatican spokesman, and a statement from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith [Read More...]

On proselytism, Pope Francis has plenty of company

Pope Francis is getting a lot of heat, and grief, for describing proselytism as “solemn nonsense.” He’s not the first pope, though, to reject it. It’s worth noting what others have had to say on the subject: “The Church respects the freedom of individuals to seek the truth and to embrace it according to the [Read More...]

Obama “hugely impressed” with Pope Francis

To me, the fact that he’s impressed isn’t as surprising as the fact that a reporter in the mainstream media brought up the subject in the first place—and this, during an interview about a looming financial catastrophe. From USA TODAY:  President Obama’s interview with the CNBC business news channel included high praise for Pope Francis. [Read More...]

How come Pope Francis doesn’t talk about deacons?

Good question. I got an e-mail today from a deacon friend on the West Coast: Hey, are you aware if Pope Francis has ever mentioned deacons in any way?  I haven’t seen anything with a mention of deacons and I’m curious about your thoughts here… A few people have written to me about that, usually [Read More...]

So, what did Pope Francis and the cardinals talk about on Day One?

CNS has the answer: Pope Francis and his eight cardinal advisers on church governance spent much of their first day together discussing reform of the Synod of Bishops, but the Vatican downplayed expectations that their discussions would lead to major changes in the near future. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, told reporters Oct. [Read More...]

For all you folks who speak Italian …

Eugenio Scalfari talks about his interview with what’s-his-name. In Italian. [Read more...]