‘The spirit in me,’ says Pope Francis ‘test it!’

‘The spirit in me,’ says Pope Francis ‘test it!’ (cf. 1 Cor 14:31-33 & 1 Jn 4:1-6)

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He also speaks about the moment during the conclave when he began to realise that he might be elected pope. At lunch on Wednesday, March 13, he felt a deep and inexplicable inner peace and comfort come over him, he said, along with a great darkness. | Interview with Pope Francis by Fr Antonio Spadaro (L’Osservatore Romano, 21 September 2013) |

Again from the same interview:

I chose to live here, in Room 201, because when I took possession of the papal apartment, inside myself I distinctly heard a ‘no.’

[Update Tuesday, December 6, 2016: Room 201 …hmmm… 2+0+1 = 3]

And from: Council of Cardinals; pope interviews; Assisi; Francis the mystic; and war on Christians | National Catholic Reporter |

Back in April, I interviewed his sister, Maria Elena Bergoglio, and even she told me that something was different about her brother since he took over the church’s top job.

 Recently, I spoke to one of the cardinals who elected Francis (not an American, by the way), who had been received by the pope in a private audience. The cardinal told me he had said point-blank to Francis, “You’re not the same guy I knew in Argentina.”

According to this cardinal, the pope’s reply was more or less the following: “When I was elected, a great sense of inner peace and freedom came over me, and it’s never left me.”