America magazine released an extensive interview with Pope Francis that addressed a wide range of topics, from prayer to the Church hierarchy to the Jesuit order and discernment. The interview was conducted by Father Antonio Spadaro, S.J. in Rome last month on behalf of Jesuit journals around the world. America magazine is a national Catholic weekly magazine published by Jesuits in the United States.
The interview is lengthy (about 12,000 words) but offers a view into the mind and heart of our Holy Father, and many themes for the faithful to bring to prayer. We encourage you to read the whole interview, but below are a few snippets:
Regarding certainty and uncertainty in the Christian life:
“I have a dogmatic certainty: God is in every person’s life. God is in everyone’s life. Even if the life of a person has been a disaster, even if it is destroyed by vices, drugs or anything else—God is in this person’s life. You can, you must try to seek God in every human life. Although the life of a person is a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the good seed can grow. You have to trust God.”
Regarding his recent quote on those with same-sex attraction:
“During the return flight from Rio de Janeiro I said that if a homosexual person is of good will and is in search of God, I am no one to judge. By saying this, I said what the catechism says. Religion has the right to express its opinion in the service of the people, but God in creation has set us free.”
When asked what kind of church Pope Francis dreams of, he said:
“I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else.”
After reading the interview, Father James Martin, S.J. has a very interesting commentary you should check out as well.