New eBook of Pope Francis's conversations with the Jesuits
Pope Francis always tries to meet with local Jesuits wherever his pastoral visits take him in the world. Travelling with him is Fr Antonio Spadaro, Editor in Chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, who records and transcribes the conversation for the pope.
These ‘conversations’ have always been published on the English edition of the website. La Civiltà Cattolica has now brought the talks together in a single digital edition entitled Pope Francis: Fraternal and Spontaneous, launching in this way the first of their series of eBooks. The volume is easy to access from any device, as it can be downloaded in different formats.
"It is clear how the pope tunes into the appropriate wavelength for each group," writes Fr Antonio Spadaro SJ in his introduction. "You can see it in his approach, in his greeting and body position. Francis relaxes with the Jesuits; he feels at home."
"I have always felt a great sense of normality, of things being natural, and yet also of observing an erupting volcano. These are two contrasting emotions that cannot be separated in journeying with Francis. I trust that the reader will be pulled into this dynamic, generative 'calm chaos.'"
Fr Michael Kelly SJ, UCAN Chief Executive Officer, says: "In this Advent season, I hope this gift of a first-hand, personal account of these meetings can be widely shared through Jesuit networks. We have shared 'Conversations' with Jesuits in English speaking Provinces in Asia, Oceania, Europe and North America. And we ask you also to share them with colleagues, family and friends."
La Civiltà Cattolica is a multilingual publication (Italian, English, Spanish, French and Korean). Founded in 1850 at the invitation of Pope Pius IX, it is the first periodical in the Society to embody the formula widely adopted in many Jesuit publications.