(Rome) The Osservatore Romano, the semi-official daily newspaper of the Holy See has put a photograph of a Selfie of the Pope with YouTubers on the front page. At the same time the Pope has also announced he does not think he will resign like his predecessor.
Pope Francis received last Sunday afternoon twelve so-called Youtubers from different nations. As a reminder they made a selfie with the Pope. The photo service of L'Osservatore Romano captured the moment, and the Italian edition of the newspaper published the image on the front page of yesterday's edition.
Youtube , the Internet video platform from Google, is "communication" and is a prerequisite for "dialogue". That was the reason for the papal invitation to the Youtubers because "dialog wins all", as the Osservatore Romano headlined.
Pope Francis has pleaded expressly not for "discussion", but for "dialogue". The Pope said:
"In dialogue all win, no one loses, during discussion one wins and the other loses, or both lose. Dialogue is gentleness, the ability to listen, to put oneself in the position of others and to build bridges. In the dialog, even if I disagree: this is not discussion, but rather it convinces with gentleness."
The Youtubers were participants of the 6th World Congress of Scholas Occurrentes, one of the foundations established by Pope Francis.
No, the Pope does not think about resignation
At the meeting the Pope was asked the question, among other things, has he also considered resignation, as his predecessor Benedict XVI. The answer of Francis was conclusive: No, he is not considering resignation.
The Pope said, according to L'Osservatore Romano (page 8):
"I did not think to resign because of the responsibility ... Let me confide something to you: I had not thought that they would choose me. It was a surprise for me ... But from the time God has given me a peace that continues to this day, and that brings me forward. This is the grace that I have received. On the other hand, I am by nature irresponsible, and so I will continue (D'Altra parte, per natura io sono incosciente, e così vado avanti)."
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Photo: Osservatore Romano (Screenshot)
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