“Catholic civilisation is that of the Good Samaritan”, the Pope has insisted in a message to the semi-official Vatican journal La Civiltà Cattolica.

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Francis sent a hand-written note to the Jesuit magazine – proudly now placed on the cover of its January edition – to mark 170 years since the first publication of the journal, on the orders of Pope Pius IX.

Since its inception the journal “has faithfully accompanied the Pope”, Francis wrote to La Civiltà Cattolica, adding: “Thank you for the help you offer me as well”.

That gratefulness is no mere formality, given that the periodical – whose contents are approved by the Vatican Secretary of State – is one of the most incisive and authoritative interpreters of the present pontificate.

La Civiltà Cattolica, moreover, is directed by close papal associate and fellow Jesuit Antonio Spadaro, and publishes exclusively the conversations Pope Francis maintains with Jesuit communities on his apostolic visits, such as to Mozambique or Thailand, among other contents by penned by highly-esteemed theologians.

Full text of the Pope’s message to La Civiltà Cattolica:

170 years ago Blessed Pius IX asked the Society of Jesus to found ‘La Civiltà Cattolica’. Since then it has faithfully accompanied the Pope. Thank you for the help you offer me as well.

Continue living the dynamism between life and thought with listening eyes, knowing that ‘La Civiltà Cattolica’ [“Catholic civilization”] is that of the Good Samaritan.

My wish for you is that you may be creative in God, exploring new paths, thanks also to the new international outlook that inspires the magazine: rising from the pages we hear the voices of so many frontiers listening to one another.

Be discerning regarding language, combat hatred, small-mindedness and prejudice.

And above all, do not be content with making superficial proposals or abstract synthesis: accept instead the challenge of the overflowing restlessness of the present time, in which God is always at work.

(Source: Vatican News)

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