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Pope Francis has identified four principles that must become the foundation of a global commitment to solidarity with refugees, writes Fr Aloysious Mowe SJ of JRS International.The global community’s collective failure to prevent the abuse of human rights, and to engage wholeheartedly in peace-building and reconciliation, has resulted in the displacement of more than 65 million people in the world today, some 21 million of whom have had to flee their own countries in search of safety. The...
Pat Riordan SJ with Nicolette Busuttil (r)
Dr Patrick Riordan SJ spoke last week at the Westminster Justice and Peace annual day on human rights. Taking the theme of ‘Human Rights in the Post-Brexit era’,  Pat was one of three key speakers with Julie Ward MEP and Nicolette Busuttil from JRS.  The theme of the day was chosen because of the uncertain transition period as Britain leaves the EU, with particular reference to the migrant and refugee phenomenon. Two scenarios are possible as Britain leaves the EU, firstly that...
November’s monthly Intention from Pope Francis reflects his concern for the whole of the universal church and the whole of the world, especially the frontiers. Frequently he draws our attention to those frontiers, to the realities of the "rest of the world" geographically as well as economically. He has been particularly interested in Asia and in November he points us towards that vast continent, asking us to pray with him that “Christians in Asia, bearing witness to the Gospel in word and in...
Fr General Sosa SJ and Fr Hans Zollner SJ welcomed a group of experts from around the world at a conference last week at the Gregorian University, on ‘Child Dignity in the Digital World’. The conference was partnered by WePROTECT, a global alliance founded by Baroness Joanna Shields who is currently the UK Prime Minister's special representative on internet safety.  The conference delivered over 30 speeches, technical reports and a series of workshops by an unprecedented variety...
Last week the universal church celebrated the feast of the radical Italian merchant’s son, Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, who abandoned a life of luxury to give his life to God and became known as Francis of Assisi.  Pope Francis has called on people of good-will to have a similar conversion away from consumerism and to become defenders of creation. On the feast of St. Francis a group of similarly minded people gathered at a controversial ‘fracking’ site outside Preston, Lancashire, to...
Pope Francis has challenged Europe and especially European Catholics not to go down the route of ‘exclusivism and cultural fortification’ when challenged with the task of welcoming refugees.  Speaking at a meeting with the directors of migrant and refugee services from the bishops’ conferences of Europe, Francis was particularly sad when he saw these negative reactions in Catholic communities. “I will not hide my concern about the signs of intolerance, discrimination and xenophobia that...
Pope Francis meets Dr Phillip Alton
An alumnus of Stonyhurst College, Dr Philip Alton, recently presented Pope Francis with the plans for an exciting new project being developed at Stonyhurst.  Philip had been attending an International Catholic Legislators Network 2017 Conference at the end of August. Giving the pope details of Theodore House and the Stonyhurst Christian Heritage Centre, Philip told him that "Stonyhurst is the world's oldest Jesuit school - 400 years old " - to which the Pope mischievously replied, with a...
Pope is gifted with knitted jumper
In the remote islands of the Outer Hebrides you will encounter an organic and vibrant church.  Surrounded by a stark beauty and tested by uncompromising weather, the islanders are very close to nature, aware of its power and beauty.  Crofters and Fisherfolk spent the long winter nights by their peat fires mending their nets, knitting their jumpers and telling stories, with a bottle of whisky and a set of rosary beads near at hand.  The famous Eriskay jumpers, a seamless piece of...
The pope in Cartagena, Credit L'Osservatore Romano
Saturday was the memorial of the 17th century Jesuit missionary St Peter Claver and it was marked in a very special way this year as Pope Francis rounded off his visit to Colombia by praying at his tomb in the port town of Cartagena. Cartagena was a major slave port in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.  Peter Claver, the self-described 'slave of the slaves forever,' worked daily to minister to the needs of the 10,000 slaves who arrived each year.  He would board slave...
Anthony Corcoran SJ  Credit Don Doll SJ, Jesuit Curia
Pope Francis has named Father Anthony J. Corcoran SJ  to be the new head of the church’s Apostolic Administration of Kyrgyzstan.The 54-year-old Jesuit has been serving as superior of the Jesuits’ Russia region since 2009 and has been working in Russia for the past 20 years.  Many members of the British province will remember his inspiring talk at the 2016 province meeting at Swanwick.The Apostolic Administration of Kyrgyzstan includes about 500 Catholics out of a total population of 5...

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