Pope Francis said during a December 8 "surprise" visit to the headquarters of the controversial Roman daily Il Messaggero that he gets “much of his information” from this paper.
He added that he reads the Messaggero in the morning before work. And, “It is the only newspaper I read.”
Il Messaggero is a leftwing newspaper owned by the oligarch Franco Caltagirone, son of a rich family whose fortune is 2.5 billion dollars and who personally led Francis through the building. Il Messaggero is anti-Church but Francis friendly.
In May 2015 Francis told the Argentinian daily Voz de Pueblo: “I read only one newspaper, [the anti-Catholic] La Repubblica” - the Roman competitor of Il Messaggero.
Jesuit Father GianPaolo Salvini, for 26 years the editor of "La Civiltà Cattolica" which is published in accord with the Vatican, revealed to Avvenire that Pope Francis has taken complete control over the content of the magazine, much more than his predecessors. This sheds a new light on a November article in “La Civiltà Cattolica” that pushed for allowing adulterers to receive Holy Communion.