He’s at it again with another Q&A session with clergy, this time in the diocese of Bolzano-Bressanone. I really appreciate this novel form of papal magisterium – it is in these fora that we get closest to the Holy Father’s thinking on many practical subjects affecting the daily life of the Church.
I haven’t finished reading this one yet, but was struck by this part of an answer to the question of a young seminarian who attended WYD in Sydney:
For the Australians, too, it was a great experience. In the beginning they looked at this World Youth Day with great skepticism, because obviously it could have created many problems in daily life, many inconveniences, such as traffic delays and so on. But in the end – and this was seen also by the media, whose prejudices were disassembled piece by piece – everyone felt caught up in the atmosphere of joy and of faith. They saw that the young people who came did not create security problems or any other kind of difficulty, but rather they knew how to be together in joy. They saw that even today faith is a living force, a force capable of giving the right orientation to people. It was a moment in which we truly felt the breath of the Holy Spirit, who dispenses with prejudices, and who makes people understand that, yes, here we find what touches us most closely, this is the direction in which we have to go; this is the way one should live, this is how the future opens.