Skip to comments.Despite Age, Surgery, the Pope is Still Energetic, His Nephew Says
Posted on 12/14/2021 5:15:30 PM PST by ebb tide
ROME (CNS) — Pope Francis will turn 85 years old Dec. 17. And according to his nephew, Jesuit Father José Luis Narvaja, he is still rarin’ to go.
“I see him doing very well, with so much strength; really, he doesn’t seem to be 85,” the Argentine priest told the Italian Catholic magazine, Famiglia Cristiana, for its Dec.12 issue.
Father Narvaja, who is the son of the pope’s youngest sister, the late Marta Regina Bergoglio, said he visited his uncle, the pope, right after his colon surgery in July. Even then, “he was doing well but he was still in a bit of pain, and he told me, ‘Don’t make me laugh, the stitches hurt!'” he said.
“He is very active, enthusiastic, he doesn’t stop. He said some people had hoped his illness would make him shut up a little, but it didn’t. He’s doing very well,” said Father Narvaja, who teaches patristics and divides his time between Rome and Cordoba, Argentina.
Speaking about his uncle’s approach to his ministry as pontiff, the fellow Jesuit said, “He does what he feels the Spirit is asking of him.”
Pope Francis’ idea of reform “is to put Christ at the center of the church and our lives, and this is a process that takes time,” he said. “Of course, sometimes he feels he has to say a harsh word, but he knows he is an instrument of God.”
Making Jesus the central point “does not mean putting a statue in the center of the house but listening to Jesus to understand what he wants from each of us, allowing him to transform our hearts,” said Father Narvaja.
“The pope is not a manager. It is Jesus who, by being at the center, puts things in place,” he said, and the pope feels “he has to give time to transform hearts, which is what Jesus does.”
“Sometimes we think that the Spirit spoke in ancient times and doesn’t speak any longer and, therefore, we do not want to change anything,” Father Narvaja said. “But the Spirit continues to speak to us, he speaks to the church, and we must make sure that the Lord continues his work through us.”
“The Spirit,” he said, “makes things new — not by magic, but through us.”
Wrong spirit, however.
Does the World really need an active Marxist Pope?
Translation of fake news is the guy’s got one foot in the grave and the other on a banana skin.
I thought he was dying?
That’s a shame.
He’s more of a Peronist.
He’s probably an Adrenochromist.
Would explain him being energetic.
the good die young
An active 85 year-old is very different from an active 35 or 55 year-old.
Nurture by geography?
But can he do pushups like Ruth Bader Ginsburg did shortly before she died.
Yep. He’s preaching “another gospel.”
Looks like a planted story. The guy must be about to croak.
Not my Pope...
He and Joe would make a good tennis match.
And it is too late to change career fields.
He is fueled by bitterness.
Despite Age, Surgery, the Pope is Still Energetic, His Nephew Says... Bummer
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