"I've always been worried about bad interpretations of what I say," he wrote. As with interviews in the past, he said he was hesitant to accept Spadaro's request, though eventually he did and gave two long interviews, both which make up part of the book.
The compilation also includes various conversations with fellow Jesuits, which Francis said are the moments he usually feels the most comfortable and free to speak.
"I'm glad they've been included in this collection," he said, since he feels like he is speaking among family members, and thus doesn't fear being misunderstood.
Included in the book "are also two conversations with the superior generals of religious groups. I have always requested a real dialogue for them. I never wanted to give speeches and not have to listen to them," he said.
"To me, to converse always felt the best way for us to really meet each other."
In his meeting with Polish Jesuits, for example, the Pope said he spoke about discernment, strongly underlining the specific mission of the Society of Jesus today, "that is also a very important mission of the Church for our times."
"I have a real need of this direct communication with people," he said.
These conversations, which take place in meetings and interviews, are united in form to how he delivers his daily homilies at Mass in the Casa Santa Marta every morning, what is sort of his "parish," he pointed out.
"I need this communication with people. There, four days a week, they go to find me, 25 people of a Roman parish, together with others."
"I want a Church that knows how to get involved in people's conversations, that knows how to dialogue," he said.
"It is the Church of Emmaus, in which the Lord 'interviews' the disciples who are walking, discouraged. For me, an interview is part of this conversation of the Church with the people of today."
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Hannah Brockhaus is Catholic News Agency's senior Rome correspondent. She grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and has a degree in English from Truman State University in Missouri.