President Michael J. Graham, S.J., comments on interview with Pope Francis in America magazine

Francis discusses current issues of the Catholic Church and why he became a Jesuit | September 19, 2013

On Thursday, Sept. 19, the national Catholic magazine, America, published a 12,000-word interview with Pope Francis in which he touches on a number of current issues involving the Catholic Church and discusses his views on the Society of Jesus, why he became a jesuit and what it means for a jesuit to be the Bishop of Rome.

In a statement released today, University President Michael J. Graham, S.J., praised the pope's comments about the role of the Church in the world today.

"The excerpts I've seen of the Pope’s recent interview make me eager and excited to read it in its entirety," Graham said. "His call for the Church to be a 'home for all' strikes me as moving the Church to a place the world needs it to be: open and engaging to all as a genuine force for healing and reconciliation in a world that is too often polarized. All this while walking in the humble shoes of fishermen and carpenters, a vivid reminder of the message of Jesus—who he spoke for and how he spoke to them. The Gospel suddenly feels fresh again."

Read a commentary about the publication of the pope's interview written by James Martin, S.J., editor at large of America, and a New York Times story about the interview.