La Republica used to be a far-left Italian daily newspaper very critical of the Vatican and the Catholic Church under the leadership of Pope John Paul II.
La Repubblica used to be known for its critical stand vis-à-vis the Catholic Church, but this position has drastically changed after the onset of the papacy of Pope Francis.
EUGENIO SCALFARI, the Vatican writer over at (the still leftist) La Republica has now gotten so chummy with Pope Francis that the latter calls him up whenever he wants to share what he thinks about politics, or influence what the people are reading in the papers.
Last Thursday, that is the other yesterday, I received a call from Pope Francis. It was about noon and I was at the newspaper, when my phone rang and a voice greeted me: It was of His holiness. I recognized him immediately and I replied: Pope Francis, it makes me happy to hear it. “I wanted news about his health. Are you okay? You feel good? I was told that a few weeks ago she did not write her Sunday article, but then I see that she resumed.”
Holiness, I’m thirteen years older than you. “Yes, I know that. You have to drink two liters of water a day and eat salted food. Yes, I do. Other advice has been followed but I interrupted it by saying: It is a little ‘ that we do not talk, I would like to greet you, I go on vacation in a few days and it is quite a lot that we do not see. “You’re right, I want it too. Could you come today? At four? “. I will definitely be there.
I rushed home and at three and three quarters I was in the Little lounge of Santa Marta. The Pope arrived a minute later. We embraced and then, seated one in front of the other, we began to exchange ideas, feelings, analysis of what happens in the church and then, in the world.
But on this particular day, Pope Francis was more concerned with discussing the G20 Summit than the Church.
Head on over to the next page to hear the Pope’s insider warning to his friends over at La Republica and how this affects the trajectory of the Catholic Church, under Pope Francis that is
One wonders if Pope Francis meant to add that the word globalist should be replaced with “socialist” societies. But, he quickly moved on to preceded to share he was most alarmed about what he termed a “dangerous alliance” between certain nations.
Here are exerts from Pope Francis’s interview with EUGENIO SCALFARI, as reported by Italian daily newspaper, La Republica.
The article starts out by drawing out the author’s (Eugenio Scalfari) rapturous delight over how the Pope didn’t seek to convert him despite being the head of the Church.
The pope naturally knows that I am not a believer, but he also knows that I greatly appreciate the preaching of Jesus of Nazareth that I consider a man and not a god. Our friendship was born on this point. The Pope of the rest knows that Jesus was truly incarnate, he became a man until he was crucified. The “Resurrectio ” is in fact proof that a god became a man only after his death becomes God.
It seems as though the reporter is implying from his close interactions with the Pope that the Holy Father believes Jesus was (only) born a man. But, surely that can’t be. Yet then again, on the other hand, Pope Francis is known for bringing new ideas to the Church.
One of those new ideas is that the Church on Earth needs to also build an earthly kingdom. In addition to their eternal one in Heaven. And that the Holy Father is following the words of God by speaking with newspapers to advise on how to build this Earthly kingdom.
These things we have been told many times and it is the reason that made the friendship between the head of the church and a non-believer so perfect and unusual.
Pope Francis told me to be very concerned about the summit of the “G20 “. “I fear that there are very dangerous alliances between powers that have a distorted vision of the world: America and Russia, China and North Korea, Putin and Assad in the war of Syria.”
What is the danger of these covenants, holiness?
“The danger concerns immigration. We, you know it well, have as a main problem and unfortunately growing in today’s world, that of the poor, the weak, the excluded, of which emigrants are part. On the other hand, there are countries where the majority of the poor do not come from migratory currents but from social calamities; Others, however, have few local poor people but fear the invasion of migrants. That’s why the G20 worries me: It affects mainly immigrants from half-world countries and strikes them even more as time goes by.
The Pope feels quite strongly that federalization, or rather a central global government is non-negotiable for ensuring the rights of the poor are protected.
I too have thought of this problem several times and I have come to the conclusion that, not only that, but also for this reason, Europe must take on a federal structure as soon as possible. The laws and political behaviours resulting therefrom are decided by the federal government and the federal Parliament, not by the individual Confederate countries. You have repeatedly raised this theme, even when you spoke to the European Parliament.
To which his Holiness, Pope Francis replied,
“It is true, I have repeatedly raised it.” and received many applause and even ovations. “Yes, it is so, but unfortunately it means very little. Countries will move if they realise a truth: either Europe becomes a federal community or will not count anything in the world
The reporter ends the article by pointing out the obvious in an apparent state of glee over this unexpected shift in Vatican policy towards global politics.
I have often written that Francis is a revolutionary. Think of beatification Pascal, think of the poor and immigrants, hopes for a federated Europe and-last but not least-puts me in the car with his arms.
A Pope like this we never had.
I must say that I am forced to agree with the reporter, Eugenio Scalfari’s conclusions. However, the difference is I don’t find these changes to be the workings of the Lord. And I dare say Jorge Bergoglio, he that is known as Pope Francis, doesn’t merit the title of Holy Father.
Source: La Republica