November 7th, 2013
10:51 AM ET

Pope Francis lives with mind in heaven and feet on earth, says Rabbi friend

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.”

- CNN Religion Editor

Filed under: Bible • Catholic Church • Christianity • Judaism • Pope Francis

soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. DaTrufHurts


    10:51 AM ET

    "Pope Francis lives with mind in heaven and feet on earth, says Rabbi friend" And his nose in Marx, apparently...

    November 26, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
  2. Felix Sinclair

    It's great that this man infuriates hypocrites by wanting to be kind to others.

    November 15, 2013 at 11:25 pm |
  3. EX Catholic

    Idolatry is a very, very grave and serious SIN.

    November 12, 2013 at 10:25 pm |
  4. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things ,

    November 11, 2013 at 11:02 am |
    • Salero21

      It is also stupidity in Full bloom in any and all Seasons.

      November 11, 2013 at 2:48 pm |
  5. EX Catholic

    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

    November 9, 2013 at 9:14 pm |
    • Salero21

      That and atheism is stupidity in Full bloom in any and all Seasons.

      November 10, 2013 at 10:48 pm |
      • YouTube Bart Ehrman... YouTube Neil deGrasse Tyson... YouTube Dan Dennett...

        By far the stupidest troll on the BB.

        November 10, 2013 at 10:51 pm |
        • Salero21


          November 11, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
  6. Alex

    When you assume the name Francis, you gotta be Francis indeed...That's what this Pope has shown us so far.

    November 8, 2013 at 7:59 am |
  7. Richard Cranium

    it is impossible. i am a militant atheist. this guy cannot be any good, period.

    November 7, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
  8. cufi

    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.

    November 7, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
  9. bostontola

    "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.

    November 7, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
  10. Reality # 2

    Francis I, good man, flawed theology. Details upon written request.

    November 7, 2013 at 12:17 pm |
  11. Happy Birthday to Rev. Graham

    This pope is a kind man.


    November 7, 2013 at 11:46 am |
  12. rhaj

    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.

    November 7, 2013 at 11:31 am |
    • Gotcha

      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.

      November 7, 2013 at 12:20 pm |
      • rhaj

        But when Caillou is thinking of Georges, he is like... in heaven. Dreamy.

        November 7, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
        • Gotcha

          Yeah, they portray imagination a wee bit weird...

          November 7, 2013 at 6:50 pm |
  13. Joel

    Everybody can agree on one thing, they all like this Pope.

    November 7, 2013 at 10:53 am |
    • Akira

      Not everyone, but I certainly do.

      November 7, 2013 at 11:11 am |
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