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On Ash Wednesday, 6 March 2019, 16 pilgrims, who were taking part in the 3rd LGBT+ Catholics Westminster Pilgrimage to Rome, had privileged seats at the morning Papal Audience in St Peter's Square. At the end of the General Audience the group, which included parents and family members alongside LGBT Catholics with Pilgrimage Chaplain, Fr David Stewart SJ, was invited to meet Pope Francis.The Pilgrimage Leader, Martin Pendergast, a member of the LGBT+ Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council,...
During the Sunday Angelus prayer in St Peter's Square, Pope Francis unveiled his very own user profile in Click To Pray, the official app of the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network (former Apostleship of Prayer), including its youth branch, the Eucharistic Youth Movement (EYM).The launch was carried out as part of the presentation of the official message for the 53rd World Communications Day, which has the motto: “We are members one of another” (Eph 4:25): “the theme underlines the importance of...
Pope Francis always tries to meet with local Jesuits wherever his pastoral visits take him in the world. Travelling with him is Fr Antonio Spadaro, Editor in Chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, who records and transcribes the conversation for the pope.These ‘conversations’ have always been published on the English edition of the website. La Civiltà Cattolica has now brought the talks together in a single digital edition entitled Pope Francis: Fraternal and Spontaneous, launching in this way the...
Pope Francis at the International College of the Gesù. PC: CNS photo/Vatican Media
“The plant grows from the roots, which are not seen but which support the whole. And it stops giving fruit not when it has few branches, but when the roots are dry,” said Pope Francis to staff and students of the International College of the Gesù in Rome on the 3rd December. The community celebrated their jubilee since its founding by Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ in 1968.“On the fiftieth year, that of the Jubilee, the Scripture says that ‘each of you is to return to your family property and to your own...
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...

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