Pope outlines hopes for church reform

Associated Press
FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2013 file photo, Pope Francis waves to faithful as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Pope Francis convenes his parallel cabinet on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, for a first round of talks on reforming the Catholic Church, bringing eight cardinals from around the globe together in a novel initiative to get local church leaders involved in helping make decisions for the 1.2-billion strong universal Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca, File)
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FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2013 file photo, Pope Francis waves to faithful as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Pope Francis convenes his parallel cabinet on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, for a first round of talks on reforming the Catholic Church, bringing eight cardinals from around the globe together in a novel initiative to get local church leaders involved in helping make decisions for the 1.2-billion strong universal Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca, File)

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says he wants a missionary church with a modern spirit that gives hope to the poor, young and elderly, speaking as key meetings begin on church reform.

Francis gave a lengthy interview to the editor of Rome daily La Repubblica that was published Tuesday as Francis began meeting with his parallel cabinet of eight cardinals tapped to advise him on reforming the church.

In the interview, Francis denounces the "Vatican-centric" nature of the Holy See, explains his affinity for his namesake St. Francis and describes how he was "invaded by anxiety" after he was elected, but then excused himself from the Sistine Chapel, closed his eyes and was filled with a light that enabled him to accept the job.

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