When children ask questions, they can range from the mundane to the outrageous, and, admittedly, even include things grown-ups would love to know the answers to. (Like, what did God do before He created the world?!) Before wondering if He simply twiddled His mighty thumbs, we get the answer straight from God’s earthly representative, Pope Francis! Here are a few other questions that the little ones bravely asked for us. You may even be surprised by some of Lolo Kiko’s answers!
What did you want to become when you were little?
When Pope Francis visited the children of the parish of Santa Maria Josefa del Cuore di Gesù, a child asked him, “When you were little, what did you want to be?”
The Pope’s answer was, “I will tell you, but don’t laugh. It’s not a joke, I’m telling the truth. I wanted to become a butcher. Really! Because when I went to the market with my grandmother, I saw the butcher cut the pieces of meat: ‘How well this man does his job!’ And I liked it.”
Do you still see your friends from elementary?
At a meeting with the students of the Jesuit schools of Italy and Albania, one student had this question for Lolo Kiko, “When you were in elementary school, you had friends, didn’t you? And since today you are pope, do you still see these friends?”
In response to this question, Pope Francis had this to say, “… My friends are a 14-hour flight away, they are far away. But I want to tell you something: three of them came here to see me and greet me, and I see them and they write to me, and I love them very much. It is impossible to live without friends. This is important, it is important.”
Did you want to be a Pope?
During the same meeting with students of the Jesuit schools of Italy and Albania, another student asked Pope Francis if he wanted to become a pope.
This was the Santo Papa’s response: “Do you know what it means when a person does not really love himself? A person who wants, who has the wish to be Pope does not love himself. God does not bless him. No, I did not want to be Pope. Is that okay?”