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Sharing the wisdom of time book cover
Sharing the Wisdom of Time by Pope Francis and friends will be launched at a major event in the Vatican this afternoon. Guest of honour will be Martin Scorsese who features in the book. The launch will be attended by several hundred people, including a number of cardinals. The Pope will answer questions from both old and young on the topics covered in this inspiring collection.The event has been livestreamed on Vatican News website.The book, which includes the stories of older people from...
Pope Francis has given an urgent new mission to his personal Prayer Network (formerly known as Apostleship of Prayer) to share among all the faithful. This task, to begin as soon as possible at the beginning of October, is to promote his intention that we all intensify our prayer during this month. He invites us to pray every day the Holy Rosary with the intention that the Virgin Mary help the Church in these times of crisis, and to pray each day to St. Michael the Archangel that he defend us...
A group of parishioners from St Wilfrid’s in Preston braved the very wet weather last Sunday to pray and reflect on God’s Creation. The initiative was organised as part of a series of events, called 'Live Simply', linked to Pope Francis’s Laudato Si and our mission to care for our common home.The Creation Walk was arranged to fall in with the Season of Creation – from 1 September to 4 October – and the parish is aiming to celebrate a mass as it did  last year, later next month.Joseph...
The first of September was the World day of Prayer for Creation. From September 1st to October 4th, Christians from around the world are uniting to pray for creation.Pope Francis says in Laudato Si: "we are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental.”Jesuit Missions strives to put care of creation at the forefront of all that we do. As the changing climate is causing more climate...
Pope Francis and Leonard Moloney SJ
During his private meeting with Irish Jesuits in Dublin last weekend, Pope Francis was asked by the Irish Provincial Fr Leonard Moloney SJ if there was anything the Irish Jesuits could help him with in line with their Fourth Vow – special obedience to the pontiff. The pope responded by asking them directly to help to address clerical sexual abuse, with the healing process and with the reparative work that needs to be done.Reflection on the scandal of abuse and penitence for the misery and...
Pope Francis refused to answer reporters’ questions about a letter released on Sunday by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, instead urging reporters to draw their own conclusions about the former papal nuncio’s accusations. Austen Ivereigh explains that the roots of Francis’ response might be found in an article that Jorge Mario Bergoglio wrote in 1990, in which he claims silence is sometimes the only way to let the spirits reveal themselves. ‘When it’s our turn to live through a difficult...
Jesuit novices, from left: Paolo Beltrame, Thiranjala Weerasinghe, Desmond Gibney, Dunstan Rodrigues, John Bosco Noronha, Paul Prior, Ian Jackson.
 Jesuit novice Dunstan Rodrigues reflects on the World Meeting of Families. In the photo from left to right the Jesuit novices: Paolo Beltrame, Thiranjala Weerasinghe, Desmond Gibney, Dunstan Rodrigues, John Bosco Noronha, Paul Prior, Ian Jackson. Matthew Tumulty, the eighth novice, is not in the photo because he was preparing for his own personal meeting with Pope Francis!The novices of Britain, Ireland and the Low Countries had the privilege to join in the World Meeting of...
With the visit of Pope Francis as its focus, the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) in Dublin has been a unique occasion for the Catholic world to celebrate families and their wonderfully rich and diverse contribution to society.In his homily given at Phoenix Park before a congregation of half a million people, the Pope said that one of the fruits of the WMOF would be for participants to return home “and become a source of encouragement for others”. He called on the congregation to bear witness...
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In a letter ‘To the People of God’ this week, Pope Francis addressed the suffering caused by clerical abuse, expressing deep sorrow for the ‘heart-wrenching pain’ of victims and giving voice to the shame of the Church. James Hanvey SJ believes that, in trying to be attentive to the Spirit’s voice and presence, the pope’s letter marks a definitive moment from which there can be no turning back. Pope Francis’ letter ‘To the People of God’ marks a definitive moment in the Church’s life. When...
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The collective mind-set in Ireland as the country prepares for Pope Francis’ visit to the World Meeting of Families is a fragile one. The consequences of a momentous vote in favour of repealing the 8th Amendment are being worked out, and the recent revelations about abuse in the USA have caused much discontent. Irish Jesuit Gerry O’Hanlon surveys the religious and political landscape in Ireland, and wonders how recent events might shape the future of the Church. How lies Ireland in the...

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