Autumn 2013 Editorial
In August, on behalf of Jesuit periodicals, the editor-in-chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, Father Antonio Spadaro, SJ conducted an extended interview with fellow-Jesuit, Pope Francis. In reproducing the interview we seek to give it permanence and make it easier of access for our readers. In this issue also, Father Martin Henry writes about the relationship of Pope Francis’s predecessor, Benedict XVI, with Ireland during his relatively short pontificate.
The Heart of a Jesuit: Interview with Pope Francis
This interview by Father Antonio Spadaro SJ with Pope Francis took place during August 2013 at the Vatican in the pope’s apartments in the Casa Santa Marta, where he has chosen to live since his election. The pope had spoken earlier about his great difficulty in giving interviews. The pope speaks of his trip to Brazil. He also speaks about the moment during the conclave when he began to realise that he might be elected pope.
Autumn 2013 issue
The interview with Pope Francis is special moment in the history of all our journals and – it can be said – in the life of the church. We follow the interview, with a theological reflection by Father Gerry O’Hanlon. Book reviews have been held back until the end of the year. In reproducing the interview (including an important sentence on the place of women in the church accidentally omitted from earlier versions in English), we seek to give it permanence and make it easier of access for our readers.