> ANSA English > News

Pope met with the Union of Superiors General in Nov.

La Civiltà Cattolica reconstructs unique, colloquial event

03 January, 17:30
Pope met with the Union of Superiors General in Nov. (ANSA) - Vatican City, January 3 - Pope Francis met with 120 leaders of men's religious orders at a meeting of the Union of Superiors General at the Vatican in November, according to a report in Jesuit publication La Civiltà Cattolica.

"The Holy Father chose to meet with the Union of Superiors General for three hours, rather than the short encounter envisaged," Vatican radio said on its Website, referring to the group's 82nd annual General Assembly November 27-29 in an encounter that has been described by those present as a first of its kind.

"No address was prepared in advance, but instead a long, colloquial and fraternal discussion took place, composed of questions and answers".

"We need to form our hearts, otherwise we create little monsters," the pontiff is reported to have told those present. "And then these little monsters form the people of God.

This gives me goosebumps".

The reconstruction of the closed-doors event was done by La Civiltà Cattolica Editor Antonio Spadaro in a 15-page rendition of the meeting that was headlined "Wake Up the World" and released in the most recent edition of the publication. Spadaro was seated among the 120 General Superiors that met with the pope on November 29.

The various conversations that took place reflect a more general expectation on the part of the pope as to what the Catholic Church's missionaries can be expected to do while carrying out their duties, as well as reflections on the problems they face and on the prospects of religious life.