VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis recently gave an interview to some youth from Belgium, accompanied by Bishop Luc Van Looy of Ghent. The Holy See Press office has released the text of the March 31 interview in Italian. The young people posed their questions in English and the Pope responded in Italian.
Below is Catholic News Agency’s translation, done by CNA’s Alan Holdren and Kerri Lenartowick.
(Girl) I see God in others. Where do you see God?
I pray because I need to. This I feel, which pushes me, as if God called me to speak. … And I pray for people, when I meet people who strike me because they are sick or have problems or there are problems that [need prayer] … for example, war. … Today, I was with the nuncio of Syria, and he showed me photographs … and I’m sure that this afternoon I will pray for this, for those people. … I was shown photographs of those who have died of hunger — their bones were like this. … At this time, I cannot understand this, when we have (everything) necessary to feed the entire world, that there are people dying of hunger — for me, it’s terrible! And this makes me pray, precisely for these people.
(Translator) She (the girl) has posed this question because sometimes it is not easy in Belgium, for example, to speak of one’s own faith. … She said, "I want to pose this question because I also want to have the strength to bear witness."
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