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Pope Francis waves to faithful as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)
Pope Francis reflects: ‘Feminine genius is needed’ in the church
First Published Sep 19 2013 09:26 am • Last Updated Sep 19 2013 11:03 am

Vatican City • Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope, reflected on his style, influences and priorities as pope in an interview with La Civilta Cattolica, the Jesuit journal in Rome, which published the remarks Thursday. Here are some highlights:

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ON FINDING GOD IN EVERYONE

—"God is in everyone’s life. Even if the life of a person has been a disaster, even if it is destroyed by vices, drugs or anything else—God is in this person’s life."

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ON FAITH AND DOUBT:

—"If one has the answers to all the questions—that is the proof that God is not with him. It means that he is a false prophet using religion for himself. The great leaders of the people of God, like Moses, have always left room for doubt. You must leave room for the Lord, not for our certainties; we must be humble."

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WHAT ABOUT THE ROLE OF WOMEN?

Pope Francis has previously called for greater study of the role of women in the church, although he has ruled out women’s ordination. He went further in this interview, saying women must be involved in top decision-making matters.


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—"The feminine genius is needed wherever we make important decisions. The challenge today is this: to think about the specific place of women also in those places where the authority of the church is exercised."

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ON BEING ARGENTINA’S JESUIT LEADER

—"I found myself provincial (the Jesuit leader) when I was still very young. I was only 36 years old. That was crazy. ... It was my authoritarian way of making decisions that created problems."

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HOW DO YOU LIKE TO PRAY?

— "What I really prefer is adoration in the evening, even when I get distracted and think of other things, or even fall asleep praying. In the evening then, between seven and eight o’clock, I stay in front of the Blessed Sacrament for an hour in adoration. But I pray mentally even when I am waiting at the dentist or at other times of the day."

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WHAT ABOUT THE OLD LATIN MASS?

Pope Benedict XVI opened up the Latin Mass for wider use among traditionalists who were opposed to the modern liturgy:

— "I think the decision of Pope Benedict was prudent and motivated by the desire to help people who have this sensitivity. What is worrying, though, is the risk of the ideologization of the (Old Mass), its exploitation."

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