In an age of texts and tweets, websites and podcasts, social media, multi-media and mass media, Pope Francis has cut through it all to speak with human warmth and spontaneity. In an age of controlled communications, precise propaganda, engineered advertising and superficial spin-doctors, Pope Francis speaks from the heart and engages real people with real emotions and real struggles. If this requires a few risks, then the risks are far outweighed by the benefits.
Finally, the pope’s airplane interviews make for terrific, heartwarming reading for the people of God. If you really want to understand Pope Francis take time to read these interviews. If you want to share his heart for the poor, his passion for Christ and his love for the church, read these interviews. If you want to catch a glimpse of the missionary spirit that fires this pope, then take time to listen to him on the airplane home.
You won’t be disappointed.
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The Pope and His Airplane Interviews
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Fr Dwight Longenecker - published on 01/22/15
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