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"Pope Francis: Meetings with Dominique Wolton: Politics and Society”

Pope Francis told French sociologist Dominique Wolton he had seen a Jewish psychoanalyst in the 1970. “For six months, I went to her once a week to shed light on certain things,” the Pope Wolton. “She was very good, very professional … but she always remained in her proper place. […]That helped me a lot at a moment of my life when I had need to consult [. . .] to clarify things.”

The exchange appeared in extracts from Wolton’s new book, ”Pope Francis: Meetings with Dominique Wolton: Politics and Society,” published by Le Figaro on Friday.

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In the new book’s 400 pages, the Pope criticizes Europe’s attitude about the migration of asylum seekers from the Middle east, saying, “At this moment Europe is afraid; it closes, closes, closes.” He also comments on war and peace, politics and religions, globalization and cultural diversity, fundamentalism and secularism, ecology, inequalities in the world, ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue, the individual, the family, otherness, the times, confidence and joy.

Dominique Wolton is Research Director at CNRS, and the author of some 30 works, including the book-length interview “Le Choix de Dieu” with Monsignor Jean-Marie Lustiger (1927-2007), the former Archbishop of Paris who was a Jewish convert to Christianity.

In media events about his new book, Wolton speaks of Pope Francis’ smile, his gentleness, his “extremely bright eyes” and his intelligence.

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