Pope Francis responds to questions about US papal visit aboard flight from Manila to Rome

In new interview, pope talks about his safety, politics, virtual relationships

by CAROL GLATZ | Catholic News Service  |  published on March 11, 2015

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A religious procession, a brainstorm session and a few glasses of wine led a group of residents gathered in a shantytown on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina, to come up with a plan to interview Pope Francis.

It was a warm, Southern Hemisphere’s summer night in January when folks sitting in the church courtyard during a local feast day celebration felt inspired to consider “What if …?” according to a journalist living in Buenos Aires.

“To tell the truth, a few glasses of wine were also involved, which, in the right amount, inspires bold ideas,” said Alver Metalli, who was also the mastermind behind the shantytown launching its own community newspaper in December.

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