Rome, Italy, Mar 10, 2015 / 07:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis gave a recent interview with an Argentinian shanty town’s community paper, where he touched on how he feels about ISIS threats and jested about his lack of tolerance for physical pain.
“Look, life is in God’s hands. I told the Lord: ‘you are taking care of me. But if your will is that I die or that they do something to me,
I ask you only one favor: that it doesn’t hurt. Because I’m a big coward when it comes to physical pain,’” the Pope told La Carcova News in an interview published in this month’s edition of their paper.
Pope Francis made his comments as one answer to a series of questions posed to him by young people. La Carcova is edited by the shanty town community of “Gran Buenos Aires.”
Among the topics Francis addressed were drug trafficking, faith, hope for derailed lives, virtual realities and politics. He also touched on the possibility of a trip to his native Argentina in 2016.
Please see below for the full English translation of the Pope’s interview:
You speak a lot about the peripheries; it is a word that you use frequently. What do you think about when you speak of the peripheries? Us, the people in the slums?
When I speak about the peripheries, I speak of limits. Normally, we move about in spaces that in some way we control. That is the center. In the way that we leave the center, we begin to discover other things. When we look at the center from the perspective of the new things we discover, from our new points of view, from that periphery, we see that reality is different. One thing is to see reality from the center and another thing is to see it from the farthest place that you have arrived.
An example. Europe, seen from Madrid in the 16th century was one thing, but when Magellan arrived at the end of the American continent and looked at Europe, from there he understood something different. The reality is seen better from the periphery than from the center: the reality of a person, from the existential peripheries and also the reality of thought. You could have a well developed thought, but when you are confronted with someone that is outside that idea, in some way you have to defend it, you start to argue, and you are enriched by the peripheral thought of the other.
You know our problems. The use of drugs continues to advance and has not been detained, it enters the slums and attacks our youth. Who has to defend us? And how can we defend ourselves?