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Pope Francis: 'I believe in God, not in a Catholic God'

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 1 2013 3:40 p.m. MDT

Pope Francis Leads his general weekly audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sept. 25, 2013.

Alessandra Benedetti, Corbis, API

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Two weeks after his groundbreaking interview with a Jesuit priest was published, Pope Francis has given another candid Q&A.

This is time it was with an atheist who is also editor of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. Pope Francis again spoke about reforming the Roman Catholic Church, but he focused on the "narcissism" of the churchs hierarchy.

"This Vatican-centric view neglects the world around us," the pontiff said. "I do not share this view and I'll do everything I can to change it. The Church is or should go back to being a community of God's people, and priests, pastors and bishops who have the care of souls, are at the service of the people of God."

And toward the end of the interview, Pope Francis said: "And I believe in God, not in a Catholic God, there is no Catholic God, there is God and I believe in Jesus Christ, his incarnation. Jesus is my teacher and my pastor, but God, the Father, Abba, is the light and the Creator. This is my Being. Do you think we are very far apart?"

Read more about the pope's interview on la Repubblica.it.

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