Pope Francis

          The single, most often quoted line from Pope Francis perhaps,  is his reply to a question he was asked vis-à-vis the morality of a particularly sensitive issue: ‘Who am I to judge?’  This remark might seem evasive or less-than-serious.  In fact it is on safe ground.  Jesus says that ‘God did not send the Son into the world to condemn it, (but so that the world might be saved through him).’ John 3.17That doesn’t mean...
A thinly veiled piece of climate alarmist propaganda.  A groundbreaking exposition of Catholic ecological thinking.  Well intentioned but economically naïve.  A slippery slope towards extremist environmentalist positions.Such are the reactions to Pope Francis’s ecology encyclical — and it hasn’t even been published yet.  Nevertheless Vatican sources have confirmed that the encyclical will appear sometime this month.  It is reported that it will bear the title “Laudato...
Ennio Morricone, the Italian composer who has won multiple awards for his film soundtracks including The Mission, has debuted the first mass he has ever written, named after St Ignatius Loyola and composed in honour of Pope Francis in the Church where Ignatius is buried.The Missa Papae Francisci was performed on Wednesday (10 June) by the Orchestra Roma Sinfonietta, with Morricone himself conducting, at the Gesù (Chiesa del Gesù), the mother church of the Society of Jesus in Rome. The Mass...
Pope Francis has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to work towards a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Ukraine. During the course of an hour-long meeting in the Vatican with the president on Wednesday, the pontiff said a “sincere and great effort to achieve peace” in the region was required.President Putin’s arrival in the Vatican was an hour late but it included an exchange of gifts. Pope Francis gave the Russian leader a medallion with an image of an “angel of peace” - a similar gift...
The Apostleship of Prayer is the Pope’s own prayer-group. Here is the second of two intentions he asks us to pray in the month of June, 2015.That the personal encounter with Jesus may arouse in many young people the desire to offer their own lives in priesthood or consecrated life.It is, in our country and elsewhere, a matter of deep concern that for several decades there have been far fewer young men and women offering themselves for the consecrated life or the sacred priesthood. Commonly we...
Pope Francis' much anticipated encyclical on the environment will be titled "Laudato Sii" (Praised Be), a line from St. Francis of Assisi's "Canticle of Creatures," and will be released 16 June.This news was announced by Fr Giuseppe Costa SDB, Director of the Vatican publishing house, at an event in Naples on Saturday 30 May. The Vatican press office declined to confirm the title of the document and the release date, although it also declined to say Fr Costa was wrong."Laudato sii" is the...
Pope Francis greets refugees, Centro Astalli, Italy,
The Apostleship of Prayer is the Pope’s own prayer-group. Here is the first of two intentions he asks us to pray in the month of June, 2015.That immigrants and refugees may find welcome and respect in the countries to which they come.Few have been unaware of the shocking news coming from the Mediterranean in recent months of so many thousands of desperate migrants rescued from the open sea. Yet they were the fortunate ones; many more have lost their lives in horrifying circumstances, drowning...
The Pope has endorsed a Catholic petition calling for bold climate action after meeting with the newly created Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) on 13 May 2015.  The Pope's move is another sign that he intends to lead Catholics into an active response on climate change, says the Franciscan Action Network."Pope Francis was very supportive of the work we are doing to engage Catholics around the world in a coordinated response to climate change", said Tomás Insua, co-founder of the GCCM...
Pope Francis on Preaching: A Day with Fr Ed FoleyA Day Conference jointly organised by the College of Preachers and the Mount Street Jesuit CentreFr Foley is Professor of Spirituality, Liturgy, and Music at Catholic Theological Union of Chicago. He is an award winning author and also a widely acclaimed international speaker on preaching. He is general editor of A Handbook For Catholic Preaching (Liturgical Press) and he identifies himself as a practical theologian.For more...
The 49th World Day of Social Communications will be celebrated this Sunday, 17 May. This year's theme is: “Communicating the Family – a Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love.” In his message for World Communications Day, Pope Francis calls on the faithful to see families as “a resource rather than as a problem for society” and invites families to be examples of Christ’s love, kindness and fellowship.The World Day of Social Communications is celebrated in almost all...

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