Traditionally Popes don't usually give out interviews. But Jesuit priest, Antonio Spadaro broke that mold, when he interviewed Pope Francis for Civiltà Cattolica and other Jesuit publications.
It was the first interview Pope Francis agreed to and it made waves across the globe. It laid out some of his priorities like evangelization and reforms in the governance of the Church. Now Spadaro is sharing what that conversation was like.
FR. ANTONIO SPADARO
Director, Civilttà Cattolica
"The Pope is calm, but he's also like a volcano. When Pope Francis speaks, he doesn't follow a linear conversation, instead it goes up and down. So he first throws out something to test you, then he does that again and again. So for the final product to make sense you have to tie it all together and lay out the entire conversation. This interview could not follow a simple question and answer format."
That conversation is now part of a book, titled 'My Door is Always Open.' The publication is an extension of that breakthrough interview, including some background and comments to help readers understand the context and setting of the interview.
CARD. OSCAR A. RODRIGUEZ MARADIAGA
Council of Cardinals
"The title of the book, already says so much about the Pope's attitude. With John Paul II his main phrase was: Don't be afraid. Then with Benedict XVI it was: Open Wide the doors to Christ. Now with Pope Francis it's, My Door is Always Open.”
FR. ANTONIO SPADARO
Director, Civilitta Cattolica
"Once I wrote and published the interview, I noticed that there was still much more to be said. There was a need to share things that I hesitated to publish, because it was difficult to explain.”
The interview was carried out in three afternoons back in August. It was around the same time when the Pope was preparing his apostolic exhortation.
It was the Pope's first interview, so it made sense that the Pope's new team was at the book launching, including his advisory group, the Pope's secretary Fabian Padacchio and the Vatican's Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin.