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Pope shares his vision of the Church with Italian newspaper

Vatican City, 01 October 2013: "The Pope: I will change the Church" ran a full-page headline in the Italian national newspaper, La Repubblica on Tuesday, with an interview of Eugenio Scalfari with Pope Francis, which took place on Tuesday September 24 at the Vatican. The 3-page interview covers themes such as the role of the Church in the world and on dialogue and points of contact between believers and non-believers.
In the exclusive interview, Pope Francis told the founder, Eugenio Scalfari of La Repubblica that he is seeking to change the Church so that it once again becomes “a community of God’s people”, where “priests, pastors and bishops, who have the care of souls, are at the service of the people of God”.
"Our goal is not to proselytize" that "makes no sense " but "listening to the needs, desires, disappointments, despair, and hope", affirms Pope Francis in his conversation with Scalfari. He also states that "the ideal of a missionary and poor Church - embodied by St. Francis 800 years ago - is more than valid "today" to give hope to young people, help the old, open to the future, to spread love."
We need to include the excluded and preach peace, said Pope Francis, adding "for this reason the Second Vatican Council "decided to open to modern culture". This meant "religious ecumenism and dialogue with non-believers. "But" after that - says the Pope – there was very little done in that direction. I have the humility and ambition to want to do that, concluded Pope Francis.

When reflecting and answering on many issues, even the leaders of the Church - the Pope admits - were daffodils, flattered and excited badly by their courtiers. "A I'll do anything to change it", because the Church must "go back to being a community of God's people" and that "the priests and the bishops are at the service of God's people."
Source: VR Sedoc


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