An Interview with Pope Francis on Twitter

A mock interview with the Holy See.

On 3 Dec 2012, the Pope joined Twitter and ever since, @pontifex has been tweeting pretty regularly, May the Lord Bless Him.

Based on a curation of some of his tweets in which he weighs on weighty matters like God, Jesus, Evangelism, poverty, unemployment, and hunger, the IndiaFacts team has prepared a mock interview with the Holy See.

Basically, the methodology was simple: “based on the Pope’s X tweet, Y would be the interview question to which the X tweet is the answer.”

Q: What is the principal mission of the church?

A1: The principal mission of the Church is evangelization, bringing the Good News to everyone.

https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/527746932253286400

Q: What is the most optimum time for conversion?

Lent is a time of grace, a time to convert and live out our baptism fully.

https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/449130515887435776

Q: Are there any other situations where you seek to convert?

A: The Church is ever on a journey, seeking new ways to announce the Gospel.

https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/531025372884635649

Q: What is the greatest story of suffering you’ve heard of?

A: Auschwitz cries out with the pain of immense suffering and pleads for a future of respect, peace and encounter among peoples.

https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/560029550466199554

Q: What are your views on suffering, for example, Earthquakes, Tsunamis or say, even Auschwitz?

A: Suffering is a call to conversion: it reminds us of our frailty and vulnerability.

https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/580311879878246400

Q: What is the best way to evangelize and convert people?

A: Practicing charity is the best way to evangelize.

https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/558918164604399617

Q: What is the opportunity you see to promote charity?

A: There is so much indifference in the face of suffering.  May we overcome indifference with concrete acts of charity.

https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/479931670137540610

Q: Who are the possible targets for conversion?

In short: The sick, the poor, those who’re suffering, the unemployed, and those who lack love.

A1: Lord, help us to recognize you in the sick, poor and suffering.

https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/552056983063244801

A2: Today people are suffering from poverty, but also from lack of love.

https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/549882640409456640

A3: O Lord, comfort all those who suffer, especially the sick, the poor and the unemployed.

https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/521974984948723712

Q: Why do you think people are facing so many problems?  What is your approach to fight them?

A1: Inequality is the root of social evil.

https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/460697074585980928

A2: The only war that we must all fight is the one against evil #prayforpeace

https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/377453964012183552

A3: May we never get used to the poverty and decay around us. A Christian must act.

https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/451631034631610368

Q: For the people who were suffering from poverty – has conversion to Christianity freed them from poverty?

A: The Lord put it clearly: you cannot serve two masters. You have to choose between God and money.

https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/545523426970963969

Q: So…in other words, conversion to Christianity has not actually freed them from poverty?

A2: The Church, by her nature, is missionary. She exists so that every man and woman may encounter Jesus.

https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/489711167850291200

Q: If Conversion is not actually alleviating people from poverty, then why do we need the Church?

A: The Kingdom of Heaven is for those who place their trust in the love of God, not in material possessions.

https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/403895673617002496

Q: How to begin the conversation with the target regarding charity and conversion?

A1: We are all sinners.  We are all called to a conversion of heart.

https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/562551828340944896

A2: At times we are slaves of sin.  Lord, come to free us!

https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/547345924297465856

Q: Aren’t all of us born divine and nobody is a sinner by birth?  Your comments…

A: Lord, grant us the grace to know we are sinners.

https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/568002002296258561

Q: What does it take to start charity and promote conversion?

A: True charity requires courage: let us overcome the fear of getting our hands dirty so as to help those in need.

https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/381317258955337728

Q: Who are the people who’ll help you with conversion?

A: The Christian family is missionary: it announces the love of God to the world.

https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/549146503822848001

Q: How do you brainwash young people to work for conversion?

A: Dear young people, put your talents at the service of the Gospel, with creativity and boundless charity.

https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/409323276469411840

Q: Who are the members of God’s family?  What is your message to them?

A: We who are Christians, members of God’s family, are called to go out to the needy and to serve them.

https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/556669826853134337

Q: You said conversion is the principal mission of the church.  Is education part of this mission?  Any message to the teachers?

A1: Thank you to all teachers: educating is an important mission, which draws young people to what is good, beautiful and true.

https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/473766101554196481

A2: Let us thank all those who teach in Catholic schools. Educating is an act of love; it is like giving life.

https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/439686629196705793

Q: You seem to focus so much on Catholic Christians.  Are non-Catholic Christians not members of God’s family?  What is your message to them?

A: Division within a Christian community is a very grave sin; it is the work of the devil.

https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/516852512628826112

Q: You might have heard that Hinduism has a concept of Religious Pluralism.  They talk of Vasudaiva Kutumbakam, and they’re happy to co-exist with Christianity while they follow their own religion and traditions.  What is your message to Hindus?

A: How many kinds of moral and material poverty we face today as a result of denying God and putting so many idols in his place!

https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/344761245183913984

Q: The last question: is it not possible to serve mankind & humanity, without seeking conversion?

A: See the answer for the first question in this interview.

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