“To serve people is to give Jesus love. That’s the main principle when we see Jesus there on the cross. That’s what He’s showing, to give that love which goes to the end. That’s what I try to live like.
“I will do almost anything for the sake of the church ... and the sake of the community. I’m not perfect, but I’m trying my best. That’s what we learned from Jesus ... love to the end.
“You see, love is everything, as we say, in life ... the basis of everything that is good. Life is about love.”
If someone gave him money to become president of his homeland, would he do it?
“What would push me to do that? Love ... because I see that the people are suffering. There are much more better ways to make the life of the people much better.
“When I do all this, it is out of love because I love the people. That’s the same love I have for the church. Because I love the people, I want to serve them. I want them to know the truth.”
The truth about sin, for example.
“Sin is what’s responsible for all the evil we see. You can be sure that all the trouble we have in families, nations, is there only because of sin. If there was no sin and the people were living in love, this world would be ... what do you think?” He laughs.
He knows that some people expect a priest to always wear the clerical Roman collar.
“But that’s not my style. And some are not very happy with that. I tried to explain to them that it’s more about the way I behave that people will see.
“I want people to see me as a priest by my attitude. People right away will see you are a seminarian or a priest just by the way you behave. That’s the way I want. The look doesn’t really matter. It’s much more interior.”