- Jan 22, 2020
Pope Francis’s visit to the Jesuit headquarters in Rome on Sunday highlights not only his enduring close ties to the Society of Jesus, but the order is also where some of his greatest intellectual influences and closest papal allies can be found.
Pope Francis has revealed that each Friday, he meets quietly with a group of survivors of sexual abuse, saying it’s important for him to hear their stories because “what they have been through is so hard, they are destroyed.”
Pope Francis is famous for giving interviews, and he says he prefers small, neighborhood newspapers and magazines. “In fact, in those cases I really am listening to the questions and concerns of common people. I try to respond spontaneously, in a conversation I hope is understandable, and not with rigid formulas,” he said. A new book collecting his interviews is coming out this week in Italian.
Pastor Robert Jeffress says people have overreacted to his statement that God has given President Donald Trump the authority to “take out” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The Baptist leader said the Bible has given government the authority to use whatever force necessary, including assassination or war, to topple an evil dictator. The remarks came just a month after an article in a Vatican-approved journal said an Evangelical fundamentalism that was “not adverse to conflicts” was exerting influence on U.S. politics.
An Evangelical leader aligned with Donald Trump has called an article about U.S. politics in the Jesuit-run journal La Civiltà Cattolica “incendiary,” but says “rather than being offended, we have chosen to attempt to make peace,” and asked for a meeting with Pope Francis.
Theologian and former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Miguel H. Diaz, contends that the central theological insights and socio-political implications for American society voiced by Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro and Reverend Marcelo Figueroa in a controversial article on U.S. politics in a Vatican-affiliated publication find a home within the hearts of Latinos/as and other “underrepresented” communities in the United States.