Jerry Earl Johnston: My quest for quotes from the new pope

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  • Yorkshire City, Ut
    Jan. 6, 2014 4:56 a.m.

    From MSN Sunday. The Pope said Friday:

    "...a great challenge for the Church will be to reach out to children living in difficult or unorthodox domestic situations. The situation in which we live now provides us with new challenges which sometimes are difficult for us to understand. How can we proclaim Christ to these boys and girls? How can we proclaim Christ to a generation that is changing? We must be careful not to administer a vaccine against faith to them."

  • Daniel Leifker San Francisco, CA
    Jan. 5, 2014 3:24 p.m.

    My favorite Pope Francis quotations from 2013 came from Eugenio Scalfari, an Italian journalist and atheist. He wrote a letter to Pope Francis asking for an interview. The Pope got his letter, picked up the phone, and called Scalfari directly. Scalfari told the Pope that he was shocked that the Pope would call him directly, and Pope Francis replied:

    "Why so surprised? You wrote me a letter asking to meet me in person. I had the same wish, so I'm calling to fix an appointment. Let me look at my diary: I can't do Wednesday, nor Monday, would Tuesday suit you?" Then the Pope gave directions for where to meet: "Santa Marta. You have to come into the door at the Sant'Uffizio."

    Scalfari set a date and time but didn't know how to end the call, so he awkwardly asked for an embrace from the Pope by phone. The Pope answered cheerfully: "Of course, a hug from me too. Then we will do it in person, goodbye."

    Simply awesome.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Jan. 5, 2014 8:22 a.m.

    I liked the final Quote about tacking the responsibility of being an adult. That is something that's hard to do after wanting to be immature when I grew up.