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Fun meeting between Pope and students: 'I didn't want to be Pope'

2013-06-07

The Pope talked about the role a Jesuit education can play in strengthening one's spirituality.  As a Jesuit himself, a professor specifically asked Pope Francis, about why he decided to become a Jesuit.

POPE FRANCIS
"What gave me the strength to become a Jesuit is the sense of being a missionary. To go out, to take part in the missions, to proclaim Jesus Christ. This is precisely our spirituality. To go out and spread the Gospel, instead of quietly staying closed in within our structures, that are often, old structures.”

The students attend Jesuit schools in Italy and Albania. Youths from different schools and different ages got to ask the Pope some improvised questions, including this young girl, who was very direct.

Did you want to be Pope?

POPE FRANCIS
"You know, a person who wants to be Pope, is a someone who doesn't care for himself that much. God doesn't want that.  I had not wished to become Pope.”

"How was it, that you decided to become, not Pope, but a pastor? When did you decide to become a Jesuit? Was it difficult for you to leave your family and friends behind? Was that difficult?”
POPE FRANCIS
"Listen, it has been difficult for me. It has not been easy. But there are also beautiful times. Jesus helps you and gives you joy. But there are also those dark inner moments, there are difficulties, but it's beautiful to follow Jesus and His path. It's a balance that allows you to go forward and that's when the beautiful moments come.”

In addition to all the laughs and youthful energy, the students gave the Pope a few hand written letters and also drawings. Most surprisingly, they also gave the Pope a sheep.


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