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Dear Papa Francesco

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Leonie Caldecott - published on 03/13/14

Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI left us an incredible legacy about what it means to be human and to think with the mind of the Church, which guarantees our humanity. But perhaps what we need now, in order to unpack and apply all this, is to learn all over again how to be true Christians. I feel inspired by the direction you, as a good Jesuit, give. I trust, Papa Francesco, that you will indeed help to “rebuild my Church,” because it is not stones that make a Church, but human souls.

One last thing. I wish I had I been one of those journalists on the plane coming back from Rio, because when you mentioned that you suffered from sciatica, I like to think I might have just let you sit down and have your lunch.

Con affetto,


Leonie Caldecottis an editor of Magnificat (UK and Ireland edition) and Second Spring Journal. She lives in Oxford, England where she runs the Centre for Faith and Culture with other members of her family. She speaks and writes frequently on cultural, spiritual, and family issues, and is the author of several plays, as well as the book What Do Catholics Believe?.

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