March 13, 2015

Pope Francis: ‘All I want is to go out for a pizza!’

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Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Sept. 11, 2013. Photo by Paul Haring/Catholic News Service

Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Sept. 11, 2013. Photo by Paul Haring/Catholic News Service

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(RNS) Pope Francis isn't a fan of being cooped up inside the Vatican, and he may not be for very long. That and other juicy tidbits from his two-year anniversary interview.

  • James Carr

    The man is refreshingly funny, frank, and holy. May his pontificate be long.

  • Fran

    He is definitely human, loving pizza like most of us!

  • Sister Geraldine Marie, OP, RN, PHN

    Let the Pope go get a pizza whenever he wants to so he’ll stay Pope as long as the good LORD wills!

  • Greg

    Like any institution that has been around for ages and ages (almost 2000 years), it tends to go through up and down cycles–much like our lives–only these cycles are on century long swings. After the Protestant Reformation, the Church began to close-in upon itself to preserve the Truth, and consequently found itself in a very guarded mode for a very very long time. It seems that now, however, God is breaking down the walls of division and at the same time opening up the windows of the Church, letting the Spirit blow through unbridled, tugging on hearts to end all divisions. And I see Francis as the first pope to heartily say, “come on in, the water is fine.” Jesus established only “One” Church (John 17:21), so divisions are a scandal to anyone who is considering Christianity, or Christ Himself. There should be no parsing of the Truth, but there should also be a broad range within the Truth to suit the needs of all. So Francis, continue to proclaim the Truth in Love.

  • Xavier

    The joke about Argentines is based more on the Spanish word “soberbia” than the English “pride”. Soberbia implies a degree of arrogance or hubris for which Argentines have been traditionally known – and often disliked in Latin America.

  • I don’t know about Argentina, but I hear Italy has a few good pizza places. Or that’s what I’ve been told. I have no idea.

  • Lee Llewellyn-Thornhill

    I believe Pope Benedict is a true, honest and genuine man who speaks from his heart as well as his head, He is refreshing, serious when need be, often funny but obviously a devoted religious man who as a member of the Church of England, Protestant man I find drawn to and believe he speaks a great amount of truth and is trying to open up faith to all regardless of faith, sexuality, etc, he speaks for all though obviously at times like anyone we have differences of opinion BUT I believe the Pontiff wants to open the church up and make it more transparent to people and show he is serious about change despite having to battle the old guard who want to keep control and don’t want change, but he realises the church has to change, be accepting, less judgemental and less hypocritical too and I truly hope that Francis’s reign is long and fruitful as it has been so far, a hero.

  • Sister Mary Elephant

    Actually the Pope looks like he should hold off on the pizza eating and get some exercise for his health’s sake.

    Maybe the pizza variety is the only deep dish he can get filled these days tho!

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