Pope Francis says best response to threats of fundamentalist Muslims is "always meekness...I am not courageous in the face of pain, I am very, very
1/15/2015, "Full transcript of Pope's interview in-flight to Manila," Catholic News Agency, by Alan Holdren and Andrea Gagliarducci
"Pope Francis discussed his trip, his recent canonizations, the upcoming
encyclical on ecology, and reasonable limits to freedom of expression. Below is a full transcript of the discussion between Pope Francis and journalists during Thursday's flight:"...
(parag. 16): "Ignazio Ingrao (Panorama): Holiness, there is much worry
in the world for your safety. According to Israeli and American
security services, The Vatican may be even a target of Islamic
terrorists. On fundamentalist web sites the Muslim flag has been depicted flying from St. Peter's. There are worries for your security
when you go abroad. We know that you don't want to lose contact with
the people. At this point, is it necessary to change something in your
behaviour, in your plans? Is there also fear for the security of
faithful who take part to your celebrations. Are you worried about this? And more in general, what is the best way to respond to this threat of fundamentalist Muslims?
Pope Francis: "The best way to respond is always
meekness -- being meek, humble. Like bread, no? Without being aggressive
– I feel this way. There are some who do not understand this. And I am
concerned for the faithful, truly. I have spoken with Vatican security
about this: here on flight there is (the chief of Vatican police) Mr.
Giani who is charged with solving this, he is updated about this
problem. This concerns me, no? It concerns me enough. I have fear, but I
you know I have a defect, a good dose of unawareness. I am unaware of
Some times I ask myself: what if it happened to me? I have said to the
Lord, 'I only want to ask you one grace. Don't let me come to harm,
because I am not courageous in the face of pain, I am very, very
fearful'… But they can take security measures that are prudent, but
secure. Then, we will see.""...