Pope Francis is “very gentle and humble”

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Vatican News spoke to two of the young people who lunched with Pope Francis on Saturday. They couldn’t actually remember what they ate for lunch. Clearly it wasn’t that important. All they really cared about was the fact they were having lunch with Pope Francis himself.

One of them was, Bedwin Taituss from Kerala, India. He thinks the food they ate was typically Panamanian, and he knows “that it was really tasty”. But that’s all he remembers about the meal itself. “The food was secondary”, he says, “we were too busy concentrating on talking to the Pope!”

It seems the conversation turned naturally to the question of if and when Pope Francis will make a pastoral visit to India. Bedwin was encouraged when the Pope told him he is “trying to come to India”, and was particularly excited to discover the Pope knew about his home state of Kerala.

For Bedwin , the Pope is: “very humble, someone to look up to at any second of your life, and someone who reminds us of God’s love”. “He understand everyone’s pain”, he adds, thoughtfully. “Even if it is a little pain, he understands it”.

The other youth was Dennis Montano Galdamez  from Melbourne, Australia. He remembers they were offered wine to drink, but he felt it was safer to stick to water. He too was curious to know if and when the Pope might make a trip “down under”. As usual, Pope Francis did not commit himself, but did confirm that he wants to visit Oceania, Indonesia, and countries in Asia.

For Dennis the Pope is “someone who really wants to get into the problems of young peoples’ lives, but also the problems of humanity’s struggle, against loneliness, corruption”. He is also “someone who is very gentle, very humble.”