The interview was long and deep, and covered much more than how the Church should approach abortion and homosexuality. He also quoted poetry from memory, named his favorite movie - and revealed himself as a man of great culture.
Just one verse each day.
The media can't stop talking about Pope Francis' comments on abortion, contraception, and homosexuality (which, ironically, he said we shouldn't focus on exclusively), but the +12,000 word interview touched on much more than that. In addition to discussing the Second Vatican Council, the role of women in the Church, the prophetic nature of the religious life, and exhorting the Church to better preach the Gospel, Pope Francis also told us more about himself.
What's revealed is an incredibly cultured man who can quote his favorite poetry from memory, has a deep appreciation of classical music, and names a movie released in 1954 as his favorite.
Here are six things we learned about the man Pope Francis we didn't know before:
1) His favorite authors, and the book he's currently reading
"I have read The Betrothed, by Alessandro Manzoni, three times, and I have it now on my table because I want to read it again. Manzoni gave me so much. When I was a child, my grandmother taught me by heart the beginning of The Betrothed: ‘That branch of Lake Como that turns off to the south between two unbroken chains of mountains….’ I also liked Gerard Manley Hopkins very much."
2) His favorite painters
“Among the great painters, I admire Caravaggio; his paintings speak to me. But also Chagall, with his ‘White Crucifixion.’"
3) His taste in music
4) His favorite movies
5) His love of "tragic artists"
6) His routine for prayer