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2013-09-22

Pope Francis gave an unprecedented, six hour interview to the magazine editor of Civilta Cattolica, which is actually the most prominent Jesuit publication. The interview was carried out by Antonio Spadaro, who is also a Jesuit priest.    

In the interview, the Pope once again highlights the role of the Church as one of mercy. He adds that ministers of the Church should be, above all else, ministers of mercy. 

In the lengthy interview, he says the Church needs to focus on healing wounds and warming hearts. He also talks about more controversial issues like homosexuality and divorced people who remarry. As a whole, he highlights that the Church needs to stay away from so called limiting theories. 

When it comes to describing himself, he said he is a sinner, adding that despite being a sinner, the Lord set his eyes on him. He also shared a personal story. In his prayer book, he carries his grandmothers testament, which he considers as a type of prayer. In the interview he adds that his missionary spirit, led him to become a Jesuit. He adds he likes the Order's sense of community and its discipline. But he admits that he is undisciplined. 

When it comes to personal tastes, he admires Caravaggio and Marc Chagall. Music wise he is a fan of Mozart and Bach. Dostoyevsky and Hölderlin are his favorite authors. And he admits that La Strada, by Federico Fellini, is his favorite movie.

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