KJ Dell’Antonia, writing for the NYT’s Motherlode blog:
For his frequently expressed hope of returning the Roman Catholic religion to a focus on compassion rather than dogma (and his example of the same), Pope Francis has been lauded by media institutions from Time magazine to The Advocate. Now, David Gibson reports for the Religion News Service, he is encouraging public breast-feeding — or at least, encouraging one woman, waiting to see him pass with a hungry, crying baby in her arms, to nurse the infant who needs her no matter where she is. In an interview with Andrea Tornielli of La Stampa, the pope said:
There are so many children that cry because they are hungry. At the Wednesday General Audience the other day there was a young mother behind one of the barriers with a baby that was just a few months old. The child was crying its eyes out as I came past.
The mother was caressing it. I said to her: “Madam, I think the child’s hungry.”
“Yes, it’s probably time…,” she replied.
“Please give it something to eat!” I said.
She was shy and didn’t want to breast-feed in public, while the pope was passing. I wish to say the same to humanity: give people something to eat! That woman had milk to give to her child; we have enough food in the world to feed everyone.
The Pope earns yet another brownie point from me. I like this guy.