Vatican City, Jun 15, 2013 / 12:27 pm
Pope Francis met with the staff of the Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica on Friday morning, encouraging them to dialogue with everyone and to avoid the failings of a "self-referential" Church.
"Even the Church, when it becomes self-referential, gets sick and old," Pope Francis said. "May our gaze, well fixed upon Christ, always be prophetic and dynamic towards the future. In this way you will always remain young and daring in your reading of events!"
La Civilta Cattolica, whose name means "Catholic civilization," is a primarily Italian-language review that has been published in Rome since it was founded in 1850.
The Pope told the review's staff that dialogue means "being convinced that the other has something good to say" and "making room for their point of view" without falling into relativism.