Continuous News – Pope Francis


The last week or so has seen a continuous onslaught of news, commentary and debate regarding the activities of Pope Francis.

America Magazine provides an excellent oversight on the Pope’s interview by Antonio Spadaro, S.J., editor in chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit journal. Father Spadaro conducted the interview on behalf of La Civiltà Cattolica, America and several other major Jesuit journals around the world.

A few days later, it was discovered that the English translation of the interview had left out two important sentences. This caused another flourish of comments, apologies, etc.. The translators apologized – The full text of the America‘s response follows:

Due to production error, one sentence in America’s interview with Pope Francis was inadvertently deleted. On page 28 of the issue of September 30, 2013, Fr. Antonio Spadaro asks the pope: “‘What should be the role of women in the church? How do we make their role more visible today?’ He answers: ‘I am wary of a solution that can be reduced to a kind of…'” The sentence that was inadvertently deleted is a part of the pope’s response. The full text should read: “”He answers: ‘It is necessary to broaden the opportunities for a stronger presence of women in the church. I am wary of a solution that can be reduced to a kind of…”. America apologizes for this error, which was entirely inadvertent. We thank The National Catholic Reporter for bringing this matter to our attention. The text will be corrected immediately in our online version of the article and a correction will be printed in the next issue of America.  Fr. Matt Malone, S.J.

Following on the heels of this interview, Pope Francis invited La Repubblica’s founder, Eugenio Scalfari who is an athiest to sit down with him at the Vatican for a private interview. Here is the English translation.A Google search of this interview will harvest commentaries and interpretations of all kinds and flavors. Begin reading about it on Vatican Radio.

Now we are in the midst of a three day meeting with Pope Francis and his Team of 8 Cardinals:



Pope Francis poses with cardinal advisers during a meeting Tuesday at the Vatican. From left: Chilean Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa; Italian Bishop Marcello Semeraro, secretary to the Council of Cardinals; Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias; German Cardinal Reinhard Marx; Pope Francis; Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga; Italian Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello; U.S. Cardinal Sean O’Malley; Australian Cardinal George Pell; and Congolese Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya. (CNS/Reuters/L’Osservatore Romano)

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