Proselytism is solemn nonsense, it makes no sense. We need to get to know each other, listen to each other and improve our knowledge of the world around us. Sometimes after a meeting I want to arrange another one because new ideas are born and I discover new needs. This is important: to get to know people, listen, expand the circle of ideas. […] The mystic manages to strip himself of action, of facts, objectives and even the pastoral mission and rises until he reaches communion with the Beatitudes. Brief moments but which fill an entire life.
I am, as I said already many times, a convinced anti-clericalist, and an agnostic. From this privileged position I can say that I am struck by the figure of Pope Francis. Every time he speaks, I listen very carefully. This, translated in English, is his recent interview with Eugenio Scalfari, the founder of La Repubblica and a remarkable left-wing non-believer.
The lines I quoted above are the ones which impressed me the most when I got my hands on the newspaper. They made me think of many conversations I had with Thomas, Iris, Manuel, Mindo, Stefano, Fabio, and the other friends who are the dearest to me.