A Big Heart Open to God: A Conversation with Pope Francis

A Big Heart Open to God: A Conversation with Pope Francis

Pope Francis Antonio Spadaro Matt Malone / Dec 15, 2019

A Big Heart Open to God A Conversation with Pope Francis In an interview published exclusively in English in the Jesuit journal America Pope Francis speaks candidly about his historic role as the first Jesuit pope his ideas on church governance the moral

  • Title: A Big Heart Open to God: A Conversation with Pope Francis
  • Author: Pope Francis Antonio Spadaro Matt Malone
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  • Page: 333
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  • In an interview published exclusively in English in the Jesuit journal America, Pope Francis speaks candidly about his historic role as the first Jesuit pope, his ideas on church governance, the moral teachings of the church and how he has learned from his mistakes I am a sinner This is the most accurate definition, Pope Francis told Antonio Spadaro, S.J who conductedIn an interview published exclusively in English in the Jesuit journal America, Pope Francis speaks candidly about his historic role as the first Jesuit pope, his ideas on church governance, the moral teachings of the church and how he has learned from his mistakes I am a sinner This is the most accurate definition, Pope Francis told Antonio Spadaro, S.J who conducted the interview on behalf of Jesuit journals around the world It is not a figure of speech, a literary genre I am a sinner In a remarkably wide ranging and candid conversation, Pope Francis speaks about his years as a Jesuit superior, where my authoritarian way of making decisions created problems the role of eight cardinals who will soon release a report on church reform I do not want token consultations, but real consultations and what it means to think with the church We should not even think that thinking with the church means only thinking with the hierarchy of the church Father Spadaro, the editor of Civilt Cattolica, the Jesuit journal edited in Rome, spoke to Pope Francis in person in August 2013 Questions were submitted by Jesuit journals from around the world Organizations as old as America rarely do anything completely unprecedented, writes America editor in chief Matt Malone, S.J in his introduction to the pope s interview This issue of America, however, is truly a first.

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        Pope Francis Latin Franciscus Italian Francesco Spanish Francisco born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 17 December 1936 is the 266th and current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, a title he holds ex officio as Bishop of Rome, and Sovereign of the Vatican City He chose Francis as his papal name in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi Francis is the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere and the first non European pope since the Syrian Gregory III, who died in 741.Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Bergoglio worked briefly as a chemical technologist and nightclub bouncer before beginning seminary studies He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1969 and from 1973 to 1979 was Argentina s provincial superior of the Society of Jesus He was accused of handing two priests to the National Reorganization Process during the Dirty War, but the lawsuit was ultimately dismissed He became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998 and was created a cardinal in 2001 by Pope John Paul II He led the Argentine Church during the December 2001 riots in Argentina, and the administrations of N stor Kirchner and Cristina Fern ndez de Kirchner considered him a political rival Following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on 28 February 2013, a papal conclave elected Bergoglio as his successor on 13 March.Throughout his public life, Pope Francis has been noted for his humility, emphasis on God s mercy, concern for the poor, and commitment to interfaith dialogue He is credited with having a humble, less formal approach to the papacy than his predecessors, for instance choosing to reside in the Domus Sanctae Marthae guesthouse rather than in the papal apartments of the Apostolic Palace used by his predecessors In addition, due to both his Jesuit and Ignatian aesthetic, he is known for favoring simpler vestments void of ornamentation, including refusing the traditional papal mozzetta cape upon his election, choosing silver instead of gold for his piscatory ring, and keeping the same pectoral cross he had as Cardinal He maintains that the church should be open and welcoming He does not support unbridled capitalism, Marxism, or Marxist versions of liberation theology Francis maintains the traditional views of the church regarding abortion, euthanasia, contraception, homosexuality, ordination of women, and priestly celibacy He opposes consumerism, irresponsible development, and supports taking action on climate change, a focus of his papacy with the promulgation of Laudato si In international diplomacy, he helped to restore full diplomatic relations between the U.S and Cuba.


    1. It's been several months since a controversial 12,000 word interview with Pope Francis was published by America Magazine. The media had a field day with it. As opposed to reading the whole interview, journalists extracted bits and pieces and interpreted them to suit their own agenda. Harper Collins has recently published the interview in book format, under the title of A Big Heart Open to God to read at your leisure.A Big Heart Open to God is an interview with Pope Francis by Father Antonio Spad [...]

    2. Everything I read from Pope Francis makes me like him even more. He is going to be such an incredible leader of the Catholic Church and the world at large. This interview brings him closer to his people. The responses from various leaders in the church that follows the interview helped enlightened the interview for me. This was the first time I read this book, but I know I will go back to it again. I highly recommend it.

    3. This interview of Pope Francis for the America magazine caught the imagination of the media worldwide. Never before had there been such an open, honest, humble conversation published between a Pope and a journalist (albeit a Jesuit ).Questions covered included – who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio? What does it mean for a Jesuit to be Bishop of Rome? Experience in Church Government, The Church as Field Hospital, Women in the life of the Church, To seek and find God in All things, Certitude and Mistak [...]

    4. I'm not Catholic, but I read this book in the spirit of Pope Francis's statement from the book. He said, in learning about other religions, "it is important not only to know each other better, but also to recognize what the Spirit has sown in the other as a gift for us." I found many great gifts sown in these short pages. I especially found great help in the discussion on memory and prayer at the end of the interview. Pope Francis has a good handle on some of the reasons many people find religio [...]

    5. One cannot read the interview with Pope Francis and not come away admiring the man. Several personality traits (him being ‘people person’) emerged along with his religious understanding. His religious views were simply and rationally explained. Those that impacted me, and I am not quoting these directly, were:Don’t rush decisions-- let them reveal themselves to you;A sinner can be loved;Discernment is the foundation of religious practice.This interview revealed the Pope to be compassionate [...]

    6. A little book with much to digest. I'm left inspired by some points (seeing God in all lives), questioning others (why a "profound theology of the woman" has to be developed before women can have a greater role in the church). I don't have a Catholic background - didn't realize scoring an interview with the pope was as big a deal as the editors make it out to be. I could have done without the repeated reminders of that fact, and with some of the fluffier commentaries in Part 2: various responses [...]

    7. This is a collection of essays on an interview with Pope Francis by Father Antonio Spadaro, SJ, for America magazine. Different journalist comment on various responses to questions that the Holy Father answered. I read the hard cover copy.

    8. A very intriguing book. Francis' conception of God as acting through the unfolding of history and through society's interrelationships has interesting implications. I also discovered that the sociologist Michel de Certeau, who wrote 'the Practice of Everyday Life,' was a Jesuit, and is a favorite of Francis.' His discussion of his literary, artistic, and musical tastes is fascinating. He apparently used to teach a class in Spanish literature, and he sent some of his students' writings to Borges [...]

    9. I was curious about this book by the most interesting Pope ever (which everyone proclaims) I have to admit I was totally lost. I was hoping it would give me insight into the mystical world of the Catholic church. I thought that since this Pope was proclaimed to be approachable and more down to earth those that went before him that this book would be a revealing look into the Catholic Church. As a Methodist Christian I got totally lost. I am giving this book 5 stars because I think that someone w [...]

    10. I read the e-book version because of the section by James Martin, SJ. I'm a big fan of his writings. After reading his section I was hooked and had to read the rest of the book, I started with the forward and progressed. The pope spoke eloquently and candidly about his feelings about the church mp, who he was, and his beliefs. Much of the book is centered on the Jesuit Exercises and is written for Jesuit journal, but I feel both Catholic and non-Catholic will benefit from this read. I highly rec [...]

    11. I didn't understand all the theological references in this book, but I appreciate that the target audience probably does. I also appreciate that Pope Francis is, in the words of James Hanvey, who wrote one of the responses in the second half of this book, "not afraid to speak about his sinfulness, his failures and how he has changed and continues to do so in order to be of ever greater service in the mission of the Lord." Even though I identify as a Lutheran, I admire the pope for his attitude o [...]

    12. I am not sure what I expected from this book; it was informational but not inspiring. I am not Catholic, but Catholicism plays such an important part in religious decisions that affect cultures and policies worldwide. This pope seems to be geared toward a relationship with people, understanding that having a relationship means being able to see the other's reality. The book was aimed at letting that side of the pope be visible. I think it reached that goal. Perhaps, a book written by him instead [...]

    13. Good stuff; a great interview with Pope Francis reveals him to be an interesting and thoughtful man, not only deeply religious but greatly interested in music, literature, and film. The editors of "America" have included a series of reflections on the interview from an assortment of lay and ordained Catholics, plus there's a great endpiece by Father James Martin SJ that uses the interview as a starting point for prayer and reflection. Highly recommended to Catholics, other Christians, and indeed [...]

    14. This is one of the most compelling books I've read in a very long time. As a matter of fact, I'm now reading it a second time. I quickly became an admirer of Pope Francis but now that I've read this book which is a combination interview and meditation I'm even happier that he is our Pope. The Jesuit in him comes through loud and clear. I highly recommend this and it would make an excellent book for a discussion group.

    15. This book is a series of interviews with Pope Francis by a Jesuit journalist. The questions he asks were submitted by the editors of the major Jesuit publications throughout the world.I only read a few pages at a time because each interview is so filled with inspiration.I learned the Pope had been a teacher of literature to juniors and seniors in high school.I also learned his favorite novel is a 720 pager written in 1821, "The Betrothed" by Alessandro Manzoni.

    16. What a interesting and inspiring man! This interview was a wonderful introduction to the world of Pope Francis and his vision for the Catholic Church. I am even more of a fan than ever before after reading his humble and yet inspired interview. Even if you are not Catholic, this is a fascinating read. I especially enjoyed the commentary essays and meditations as it truly helped to delve deeper into the profundity of Pope Francis's life, faith, and hope for the Church and the world.

    17. This is an informal interview, but I still am in stock by what the pope says here. He is such a refreshing breath of fresh air. I could not have imagined to hear a pope share such spiritually rich insights that are so open to the world around us. He also reinforces my secret wish to have been a Jesuit--they are so smart and understand issues at such a deep level--despite the fact that I also enjoy being Protestant and married. This is an enriching pamphlet worth repeated readings.

    18. This was my first read of 2014. It's a quick one (150 pages), but the insights are ones that will stick with you forever! Pope Francis is an amazing man who shares not just Church teachings, but his own personal faith development in this English translation of the interview he gave in August. The additional commentaries and spiritual reflections allow for even deeper understanding and application of the insights in our own personal lives. Start 2014 right and read this book!

    19. A good read for the Catholic who is trying to figure out where the church is right now. Pope Francis seems more concerned about the pastoral needs of the people than political issues and isn't that was Jesus was about? The humility of Pope Francis and his willingness to reveal the person he truly is rather than hide behind the Vatican stereotype of the person many expect the pope to be. He is a genuine person one can relate to I think he will lead the church to a better place.

    20. I was interested to learn what the new Pope's vision is for the Catholic Church. He is a conservative, not a liberal, as the press wants him to be. What strikes me is his humility. His focus is not on hot button issues like abortion & homosexuality, but acceptance of all & helping the less fortunate marginalized people in society. He is the first Jesuit pope. I want to know more.

    21. I think the book was good overall. It stems from a series of interviews and is written in a way that doesn't make it seem disconjointed. I did have a problem with fully understanding the point trying to be made in a few of the sections. It was much more theological than other interviews I have read from him.

    22. The new pope shows us being touched daily by God is normal. We must discern his path, it is not rule oriented. We must love the needy and those we disagree with. The dignity of the person must be the main concern of the church, not the hierarchy. "For God makes the sum rise on the good and bad alike". He does not deny moral truths, but sees a need to be pastoral.

    23. This conversation with the Pope provides insight into the thinking of this affable man. Part I is the interview/conversation. Part II provides several provocative responses to the interview. Part III is an overview. This is an excellent book which should be read for firsthand information to offset media hot button distortion.

    24. Two of my favorite quotes:"I have a dogmatic certainty: God is in every person's life.""I am a sinner whom the Lord has looked upon."It was wonderful to read the full interview in all of its context. Francis is inspirational and full of hope.

    25. What the Pope had to say was quite glorious -- the rest of it (minus the last bit by James Martin) was pretty superfluous. This interview should have been merely published as an article -- it has no business being a book. BUT, that being said, I'd like to hear a lot more from the Pope.

    26. a short book But it will give you a better understanding who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio or better known as Pope Francis how he approach some church's issues His ministry And how he was greatly influenced by Ignatian Spirituality Being a Jesuit

    27. Absolutely wonderful look into the mind and beliefs of this amazing man and amazing Pope. Brought me to tears with his humility, hope, and dedication to service and prayer. Truly a moving experience.

    28. I am deeply impressed by the steps Pope Francis has taken to address the injustices and inequities within the Catholic Church. That said, this book left much unfinished or unsaid with regard to the role of women in the Church. For this reason, I am restrained in my review.

    29. The interview gives a clear picture of the pope's thinking, approach and personality. It is inspirational. Some of the commentaries are good as well, though the interview is the reason to read this book.

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