Pope Francis: questions and answers for the children in the “Children’s Train”

Each country has its own riches and peculiarities Baby

Pope Francis, I’m Mattia Mordente, I want to ask you a question. I know that you have visited many countries abroad, especially poor countries, to talk to heads of state and also to pray for these countries, to improve them. But in your opinion, which country you visited has improved the most thanks to you?

Pope Francis

I want to tell you one thing: each country has its own peculiarity, and I wonder what is the richest peculiarity of a country. And do you know what is a country’s richest peculiarity? People. People are always people, they are the same at a certain time, but each person is different, separate, has their own wealth, and what impresses me is to see how the different peoples are rich with a special wealth for that country . Here too of you: each of you has your own wealth, the wealth of your soul. Because the heart of each of us, the soul of each of us is not the same as the other, no! There are no equal hearts, equal souls, each of us has their own wealth. And that also applies to countries. In the countries I visit, I have always seen special riches: this in a certain way, this in another … It is the beauty of creation. And we must see it in each and every one of us. If we learn to see people with the heart, to see with the heart, to feel with the heart, to think with the heart, we will discover that each person’s wealth, which is different from each other, is always beautiful and different.

How does it feel to be a pope?

Baby

I am Edgar Murario, child and twin brother of a child who is also present here. I do not have many things to say to you, but only one question to ask you: how does it feel to be a pope?

Pope Francis

The important thing in any job that life puts you in is that you do not stop being you, with your own personality. If a person, in order to enter a place, or if life has put him in that place, changes his personality, he is an artificial person, and in this he gets lost. We must always feel things as they come, with authenticity: never, never obscure emotions. So how do I feel as a pope? As a person, just like each and every one of you in your profession, in your work. For I am also a person like you, and if I have this job, I should try to do it in the most humble way and according to my personality, without trying to do things that are foreign to who I am. For example, I ask you, “How are you, or your twin brother, how are you?” – “I feel like this”. It is important not to lose it. Even when a person grows up and then finds himself with this accusation, with this job or that, do not forget that you are this person and do not lose that feeling.

Answering your question: how am I doing with this office, with this service as pope? I try to be myself, not to take artificial positions. I do not know if this is for you.

What responsibility does the pope have?

Girl

Good morning, Holy Father. My name is Nicole Malizia and I have a question for you. I would like to know: What responsibility do you feel you have for being a pope or at least the most important person in the world?

Pope Francis

This sense of responsibility is something we must all feel, each and every one of us. Each of us has their own personality and also their own responsibility. You, now, you study, you have your responsibility to study, as a student; you also have your responsibility to bring certain things into the family. If we believe that each of us has their own responsibility, we think that our life is not for ourselves but for others and also for the service of others, to be close to others. Now I come to your question: how do I feel? It is true that at times it is a bit of a heavy responsibility because it scares you. But I try to feel it in the most natural way, because if the Lord has asked me about this, it is because he will give me the strength not to make mistakes, to take care not to make mistakes. I feel my responsibility as a service as you will feel yours as a service to others, to your family, and when you get married, to your family, to everyone. Service: the responsibility to serve others, to be of help to others; not to be above others, as someone who commands, no, no. As one of the others who, if he has the office of commander, does so as each of us.

How hard is it to be a pope?

Girl

Good morning. I’m Caterina Lastorza. I would ask you: but is it tiring to be pope?

Pope Francis

In life, there are always moments of fatigue. Every job, every job we take on, always has a part of the effort. It’s hard to study, for example, it’s hard to perform this office, the other, the other, that service … And the pope also has his own efforts, right? The way to bear the hardships must be a normal way, as any person: each of us brings his own hardships; and solve the work in a human way, in a normal way. But if you ask me: is it too much more tiring than the work of a father and a mother? Ninth. God gives strength to bring His own efforts to each of us, and that is no longer a thing. But it must be done with honesty, sincerity and work as father and mother perform the job as father and mother.

To be in touch with the Creator of the Earth and to be able to help people in need

Baby

Hi, my name is David Murario and I have only one thing to ask you: how does it feel to be so much in touch with the Creator of the Earth, that is, God?

Pope Francis

It’s a beautiful thing you ask for, because in life there is a danger of forgetting God and not being in touch. “No, but I manage myself and do things …”. Uh, this road is dangerous! Always, once or twice a day, we must remember that the Lord is with us, that the Lord accompanies us, that the Lord keeps an eye on us. And it is important to feel guarded by the Lord in order to continue doing His work with sincerity and strength. The Lord also looks at you, looks at you, and looks at your little brother. The Lord is close to each and every one of us and looks at us, and with this feeling of the Lord close, we may well move on. But the bad is when we do not want to feel close to the Lord, and our preference is to feel this, this, so close, but to distance ourselves from the Lord. No. The secret is to feel close to the Lord. And this follows you all your life.

Baby

Alright thanks. And I would also like to ask you something else. How do you feel when you see children with problems, sensory disabilities? Does he go to help them and give them advice, or does he follow his path?

Pope Francis

When we look at a person, we must never feel elevated above that person. For example, if I look at you and think about what advice I have to give you, it’s not good. First I have to listen to you, first hear you and then say what comes from the heart. I looked at you next to your little brother, your twin; I looked at you and saw how you moved there, and it dawned on me, “This guy is good. What advice should I give to a good guy? Be humble and thank God who gave you this strength and this ability.” And when I look at children, as you say, who have some limitations, some disabilities, I think the Lord has given them other things, other beautiful things. One of the things I admit touches my heart when I are with blind people, many times, many times they say to me: “May I look at you?”. At first I did not understand, but then I said: “Yes”, and they touched my face with their hands and what I see there.Creativity: a person who has a limitation always finds the strength to go beyond the limitation and this is a creativity, an ability to be creative that is a challenge for the child for the child who has that limitation.And this should be praised.And you, who have no limitations, also try to be creative: do not get used to doing things, no, try v to be creative, for creativity is what we resemble God.

Pope of Ukraine to pray for children

Ukrainian child (translation)

My name is Sakhar, I’m from Ukraine. I do not have a question, but rather a request: can you come to Ukraine to save all the children who are suffering there now?

Pope Francis

[saluto ucraino] Well you’re here. I think a lot about children in Ukraine, and for this I have sent some cardinals to help there and be close to all people, on the children. I would like to go to Ukraine; I just have to wait for the moment to do what you know, because it’s not easy to make a decision that can do more harm than good to the whole world. I have to look for the right time to do it. Next week I will receive representatives of the Government of Ukraine, who will come to speak, also to talk about my possible visit there. Lets see what happens.

Did the Pope really have a happy life?

Baby

Pope Francis, I would like to ask you two things: you are passionate about football, you have four brothers; your father was a railroad worker and your mother was a housewife. I want to ask you one thing, another: how was your life? How did you live? Happy?

Pope Francis

Okay. You talked about father, mother: father worked, mother was housewife, we are five brothers. And then, when we were kids, we all went, with mom and dad, to the stadium on Sundays to watch the game, because we liked football a lot. I used to play football, but you know I was not good and my teammates called me pata dura, that is, hard leg because I could not. And so they asked me to be a goalkeeper, because I did not have to move, and as a goalkeeper I was more or less successful. This has been my relationship with sports in the family. My brothers are all dead except the last one, who is still alive; I am the biggest and the smallest is still alive. These are good family memories.

Prayer as a look at God

Girl

Holy Father, pray for me, for the sick children.

Pope Francis

It’s nice what … What’s your name, you?

Girl

Ludovica.

Pope Francis

What Ludovica said is beautiful: “Pray for me”. It is something we must pray for each other that they pray for each of us. Prayer. Because praying for one of us is like drawing God’s gaze on us. Prayer attracts the gaze of God. When you pray, God looks at you. And what you asked for is a beautiful thing. You also pray for others, you know? You pray for me and I will pray for you, and this relationship of praying is a relationship of brotherhood, friendship, between two or three people asking God to look at them. To pray is to attract God’s gaze to us, and that is beautiful. Come on!

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