Francis showed a personal and spontaneous side as he met with thousands of children from Jesuit schools across Italy and Albania. Tossing aside his prepared remarks, Francis surprised the kids by asking them if they’d like to ask him some questions instead.
“Yes!” they shouted to cheers and applause – and the concern of teachers who fretted that no one had prepared anything.
Answering their questions one by one, Francis told them the decision to become a priest had been difficult and that he had suffered “moments of interior darkness” when “you feel dry, without interior joy.”
But he said he went ahead because he loved Christ.
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