Quote of the Day
“Jesus knows that in this world filled with competition, envy and aggressiveness, true happiness comes from learning to be patient, from respecting others, from refusing to condemn or judge others. As the saying goes: 'When you get angry, you lose.'...and for a prodigal Pope who began this homecoming trek with a prayer for the "best wine" at the end of the banquet, given his last published word before hitting the plane, he might've just gotten his wish.
Don’t let your heart give in to anger and resentment. Happy are the merciful. Happy are those who know how to put themselves in someone else’s shoes, those who are able to embrace, to forgive.
We have all experienced this at one time or another. And how beautiful it is! It is like getting our lives back, getting a new chance. Nothing is more beautiful than to have a new chance. It is as if life can start all over again....”
Suffice it to say, those who've missed these days lost out on experiencing an extraordinary week. Full wrap to come – and with the PopeFlight touching down in Rome shortly before 2pm local (8am ET), only then will the usual in-flight presser emerge.
SVILUPPO: Lasting an hour and covering 18 questions – ranging from October's Synod to US critiques of Laudato Si', his sweeping social manifesto in Bolivia and its president's controversial gift of a hammer-and-sickle crucifix – a full English transcript of Francis' plane presser's been released by America magazine.