By Mick Krever, CNN
(CNN)–One of Pope Francis’ dearest friends is none other than a Jewish Rabbi.
And Rabbi Abahram Skorka, who has known Pope Francis for 15 years, since he was Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, has a concise description of what makes Francis’ papacy different from his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, born Joseph Ratzinger.
Pope Francis “lives with his mind in heaven and with his feet on Earth,” Rabbi Skorka told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday. “And Ratzinger lived totally in heaven.”
Abraham Skorka, a prominent Argentine rabbi, has had frank and open conversations with Pope Francis since he was Cardinal Bergoglio of Buenos Aires. Those discussions are the topic of a book written by both, “On Heaven and Earth.”
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"Pope Francis lives with mind in heaven and feet on earth, says Rabbi friend" And his nose in Marx, apparently...
It's great that this man infuriates hypocrites by wanting to be kind to others.
Idolatry is a very, very grave and serious SIN.
Prayer changes things ,
It is also stupidity in Full bloom in any and all Seasons.
Nothing personal against the man. He certainly has a peoples gift but that's not going to take him to Heaven. He still is an Idolater and the leader of the most idolatrous and Heretical Politico-religious organization in the world. Idolatry is a very grave and serious SIN. It is not religion Idolatry is a SIN
That and atheism is stupidity in Full bloom in any and all Seasons.
By far the stupidest troll on the BB.
When you assume the name Francis, you gotta be Francis indeed...That's what this Pope has shown us so far.
it is impossible. i am a militant atheist. this guy cannot be any good, period.
The book sounds like a great read. What we can agree on: We may differ in our doctrines but we are united in the spirit.
"during World War II, and Jews’ questioning of whether Pope Pius XII could have done more to stem the atrocity."
The cowardice exhibited by the RCC in WWII went well beyond abandoning Jews, they abandoned the Spanish Catholics when Hitler bombed Guernica. The Spanish were one of the main defenders of the Church for centuries, but the Vatican trembled in front of Hitler and abandoned them. This gap in conviction will stain the RCC for a long time.
But this pope is just what they needed. He will help bring numbers up in Africa and Asia, the biggest growth markets in the world. Good selection.
Francis I, good man, flawed theology. Details upon written request.
This pope is a kind man.
I am atheist. I'd say (again), sure, the pope shows a very good, warm and very likeable personality. But so is Caillou, that little kid from that educational Canadian children's television series, when he thought he is with his imaginary friend Georges.
If it takes a Georges, or a Religion, to have a"very good, warm and very likeable personality"... so, be it. I am (always) accomodating.
No, Caillou is a whiny brat whose parents give into constantly. He isn't likable at all. You're doing Francis a disservice by comparing him to Caillou.
But when Caillou is thinking of Georges, he is like... in heaven. Dreamy.
Yeah, they portray imagination a wee bit weird...
Everybody can agree on one thing, they all like this Pope.
Not everyone, but I certainly do.
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