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Pope's interview to Chilean TV: “When the Lord takes you by the hand, He never lets you go”

2014-04-23

Pope Francis addressed young people in a new interview, this one is shorter than usual, but nonetheless full of symbolism. Before meeting him at the Vatican, the Pope answered some question from Msgr. Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Errazuriz, bishop of San Bernando, Chile. The TV channel for the diocese, Canal San Bernardo, broadcast the piece.


FULL TEXT OF THE INTERVIEW

Juan Ignacio González Errázuriz: Holy Father, in our countries there are many times a a lack vocations. You are well aware of this. What would you tell a young person who hears the call to priesthood or religious life?

Pope Francis: I would tell them: "Let Jesus look at you.” He is the one calling you: not the priest, not the bishop, not even the Pope. It's Jesus who is looking at him with love, who shows his people, their needs, and says: "If you want, you can help me.” So, I would tell them: "Let Jesus look at you.” That's what I think: "Let Jesus look at you sometime everyday.” That's the important thing.

Juan Ignacio González Errázuriz: And what if that young person who hears the call from God refuses or is scared of following it...?

Pope Francis: Jesus met someone like that Himself. The young man had all virtues of a good person, but in the end he didn't pursue it and Jesus was saddened. I would tell them: "Look, if you don't want to follow Him, you're free to do so, but look at the sadness within the Lord's heart. And all the sadness that will fill so many hearts because they won't have a priest to help them with their problems.”

Juan Ignacio González Errázuriz: Excellent.

Pope Francis: I hope they take the step. Don't be fools... Once the Lord takes you by the hand, He never lets you go.

Juan Ignacio González Errázuriz: Thank you, Holy Father.