Pope Francis went off-script, urging journalists to listen without prejudice

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06/12/2019
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Pope Francis met with journalists of the Italian magazine “Aggiornamenti Sociali,” for its 70th anniversary.

The pope decided to set aside his prepared speech to instead share some of the things he felt. He began by reminding those present of the importance of listening without prejudice.

POPE FRANCIS
“Listening to situations, listening to problems. Listening with the mind, with the heart, to judge them correctly. Listening openly, without prejudice.”

He explained the importance of letting oneself be struck by reality instead of being blinded by personal biases and filters, which he said can create dangerous ideologies.

POPE FRANCIS
“Today for example, in Europe, we're experiencing the prejudice of populism. Countries are closing themselves and turning to ideologies. They aren't just new ideologies. There are also old ideologies like those that caused World War II. Why? Because reality is not taken for what it is.”

Before concluding with a blessing, the pope encouraged them, telling them not to be afraid of falling or making mistakes.

Claudia Torres

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