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2015-06-08

On his flight back from Bosnia-Herzegovina to Rome, Pope Francis held a quick press conference with reporters on flight. 

He gave some insight on where the Vatican stands on its investigation of the reported Medjugorje apparitions of Our Lady. He said the Commission Benedict XVI created years ago, is in its final stages of making a decision. 

POPE FRANCIS
"Cardinal Ruini came to me and delivered the final analysis. It was after many years, three or four more or less. They did a great job, they really did. Cardinal Muller, told me they would carry out a so called 'feria quarta' or special meeting around this time. I think they held the meeting last Wednesday, but I'm not really sure. We're really close to making a decision. They will let us know.  For now, only a few guidelines are being offered to Bishops. Thank you!”

Because the flight time from Sarajevo to Rome is only about one hour and a half, the question period was quite limited. 

He did talk about a meeting he had with hundreds of young people before leaving the country. The Pope told them to not become online addicts. 

POPE FRANCIS 
"It's funny, so many families, fathers and mothers tell me: 'We're at the dinner table with the kids and they are on their phones in another world. It's true that the virtual world is a reality we can't ignore. We have to embrace it accordingly because it leads to human progress. But when this takes away from one's social life, including sports and the arts and when kids are hooked on computers, it becomes a physiological ill.” 

Speaking even further on the issue, the Pope said the problem isn't just about spending too much time online, but also the content one finds on the web. 

POPE FRANCIS
"Yes, there's dirty content out there. It ranges from pornography to semi pornographic content. There are empty shows, without any values. For example shows based on relativism, hedonism, consumerism. They promote all these things. We know that consumerism is a cancer in society, so is relativism. This is what I deal with in my next encyclical which will come out later on this month.”

The Pope's trip to Bosnia-Herzegovina marks his eight apostolic trip abroad. It has become a tradition of the Pope to give an impromptu press conference on his papal flights. 


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