“It’s boring to talk to a priest,” Pope Francis said with a smile as he began an upfront and informal conversation with 10 young people in Rome on their questions about faith and issues within the Church. Source: OSV News.
The Pope spoke with the young adults, Spanish-speakers between the ages of 20 and 25, as part of a documentary titled The Pope: Answers, which is scheduled to premiere on April 5 on the streaming services Disney+ and Hulu.
Among the topics raised by the young people were reproductive rights, the abuse crisis in the Church, loss of faith among young persons and LGBQT rights, according to a press release from Disney+.
In a trailer for the documentary, the Pope fielded questions ranging from “Do you have a cell phone?” to “Do you know what a nonbinary person is?”
One young person asked about feminism and Christianity, and another brought up the subject of the sexual abuse of minors in the Church.
“Abortion exists. What do we do with these women in the Church, as an institution?” asked one of the young people.
The 10 chosen to speak with the Pope have “very different lives and experiences,” Disney+ said in a statement announcing the film’s release.
“The Pope speaks unreservedly and the result is an intense and dynamic conversation, founded on empathy, curiosity, respect and mutual learning.”
Jordi Évole, the film’s director, has previously interviewed Pope Francis for his show Lo de Évole. He said this movie was “a unique opportunity to bring together two worlds that normally do not touch,” referring to the institutional Church and young people.
Pope talks abortion, LGBQT rights with young people in Disney documentary (By Justin McLellan, OSV News)