Interview with Pope Francis during the return flight from the Holy Land

INTERVIEW OF POPE FRANCIS WITH JOURNALISTS DURING THE RETURN FLIGHT FROM THE HOLY LAND Papal Flight – Monday, 26 May 2014 Father Lombardi: We thank the Pope very much for being here. After so exhausting a journey, he has been willing to meet us. So we’re very grateful to him. We have organized ourselves – the [...]

Pope denounces "idolatrous economies", defends Pius XII…

  Henrique Cymerman. On June 9, the day when illness forced him to rest, Pope Francis granted a long interview to the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia. The full text was also made available by the website Il Sismografo. The interview was carried out by a Portuguese journalist, Henrique Cy­merman, who is a Middle East correspondent for La [...]

The recollections of Pope Benedict

We publish below extracts of a recent interview Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI gave to Wlodzimierz Redzioch in which he pays tribute to the newly-canonized Pope John Paul II. The complete interview appears in a book just published in Italian entitled Beside John Paul II — Friends and Collaborators Speak (Ares 2014). The interview, one of 21 with the late Pontiff’s close friends and associates, runs to 12 pages in total. It is entitled: “It Became Ever More [...]

Pope Francis' Corriere della Sera Interview

English translation of Pope Francis’ interview with Ferruccio de Bortoli that appeared March 5, 2014 in Corriere della Sera. "In an Interview with Corriere della Sera, Bergoglio Talks About His Revolutionary First Year at the Head of the Church"   “The truth is that I do not feel nostalgia for Argentina”   One year has gone by [...]

“Never Be Afraid of Tenderness”

In this exclusive interview, Pope Francis speaks about Christmas, hunger in the world, the suffering of children, the reform of the Roman Curia, women cardinals, the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), and his upcoming visit to the Holy Land.  “For me Christmas is hope and tenderness....” Francis talks to La Stampa and Vatican Insider [...]

Recognition of the Holy See’s Progress

Interview with René Bruelhart, director of AIF, the Financial Information Authority of the Holy See, on the good results of recent financial reforms.  René Bruelhart is the Director of the AIF, the “Financial Information Authority” of the Holy See/Vatican City State, and was a member of the Holy See Delegation led by Msgr. An­toine Camilleri, Undersecretary [...]

“When Benedict Played a Maltese Christmas Carol For Us”

Pope Benedict XVI and Msgr. Alfred Xuereb during the prayer of the Angelus at Castel Gandolfo, summer papal residence, near Rome, on July 10, 2011 (Galazka photo). “To contrast Popes with each other reduces them be­cause one loses the beautiful aspects and the significant characteristics of their personalities.” Monsignor Alfred Xuereb speaks from personal [...]

Jean-Pierre Grallet: Archbishop of Strasbourg

“I wanted to be a priest like our parish priest. It wasn’t until I was 23 years old, after I’d graduated from seminary in Nancy, that I decided to become a Franciscan...” You were born in 1941. Do you have any memories of the Second World War? Archbishop Jean-Pierre Grallet: My first memory dates [...]

Background of an Election

Michael Hesemann, German historian and writer, greets Pope Benedict XVI. Interview with Michael Hesemann, author of Papst Franziskus: Das Vermächtnis Benedikts XVI. und die Zukunft der Kirche (“Pope Francis: The Heritage of Benedict XVI and the Future of the Church”). In July 2013, Michael Hesemann’s book Papst Franz­iskus: Das Vermächtnis Benedikts XVI. und die [...]

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