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Fr. Lombardi Discusses Pope Francis’ 2014

In Interview With Vatican Radio, Vatican Press Office Director Highlights Pope’s Busy Year

Recalling the second year of Pope Francis’ pontificate, Father Lombardi says Francis goes to the heart of the people.

The director of the Holy See Press Office made this observation in an interview with Vatican Radio, considered a ‘Year in Review’ of Pope Francis.

In the interview, the Vatican spokesman responded to various questions relating to the Synod on the Family, the April Canonization of now Saints John XXIII and John Paul II, Curia reform, the Pope’s outreach, and what words best describe him.

Responding to inquiries, Fr. Lombardi stressed the impact of the Pope’s ‘culture of encounter’ and how Francis really touches the hearts of people worldwide, everyone ranging from other faith leaders and diplomats to the poor and marginalized.

The Jesuit priest underscored the impact of each of the Holy Father’s apostolic trips this year, especially that to the Holy Land and how it further developed the relationship between him and the Ecumenical Patriarch.

The aspects of the Pope’s year that really struck the Vatican spokesman, he explained, were Francis’ constant reaching out to the faithful in all circumstances, the warmth of his embrace in particular towards children, and people with disabilities or ill health.

He also commented how the Pope has made a top priority to reach out to the poor and peripheries from the onset, but has extended this with his constant and repeated appeals to those suffering in the Middle East, Ukraine, and Africa.

In addition, the Holy Father has taken on other subjects such as slavery, human trafficking, defense of migrants and workers, Fr. Lombardi noted.

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On ZENIT’s Web page:

Full Translation of Interview: http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/text-of-fr-lombardi-interview-with-vatican-radio

On the NET:

To See the VR Article on the Original Interview (in English): http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/12/27/fr_lombardi_pope_francis%E2%80%99_year_in_review/1116190

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in four languages). She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, EWTN and Salt & Light. For 'The Other Francis': https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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