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Homeless on the streets of Rome
As winter begins to set in, Pope Francis and his Jesuit brothers have made sure there are extra beds in town for those who find themselves facing life out on the streets during the cold winter nights.The new Rome dormitory for the homeless bears the name ‘Gift of Mercy’ because, as the Apostolic Almoner, Bishop Konrad Krajewski explains, “it is a gift from the Society of Jesus and mercy is love’s second name”.The building previously hosted a travel agency and belongs to the Jesuit community and...
Pope Francis addresses the Synod    Credit: Osservatore Romano
In his opening address to the Synod of Bishops on the Family last Sunday, the Pope Francis encouraged the assembly to take up once again the dialogue started last October and to continue the journey with pastoral zeal, doctrinal wisdom and frankness while always keeping eyes on the good of the Church and of families.He mentioned that the Synod is neither convention, parliament nor senate where people make deals and reach compromises. It is rather an Ecclesiastical expression and a protected...
Guy Consolmagno SJ speaking at Heythrop College in 2014
Coinciding with a symposium running from 14-18 September to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Speculo Vaticana, or the Vatican Oberservatory, Jesuit brother Guy Consolmagno has been made the new director in charge of this prestigious scientific organisation.With headquarters at the Pope's summer residence Castel Gandolfo, the observatory is one of the oldest astronomical research institutions in the world with a unique mission, in the service of the Holy See, to explore the universe while...
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Pope Francis today issued two Apostolic Letters by which he streamlined reforms to the legal structures of the Church dealing with questions of nullifying the Sacrament of marriage in order that the parties may be admitted to new canonically valid marriages.One of the letters is known as ‘The Lord Jesus, Clement Judge’ and reforms the Code of Canon Law (CIC) governing the Latin Church, while the other is known as ‘Clement and merciful Jesus’ and reforms the Code of Canon Law for Oriental...
Fr Paolo Bizetti SJ
Before Italian Jesuit, Fr Paolo Bizetti, takes up his Vatican appointment as apostolic vicar of Anatolia in Turkey next year, he admits that he needs to learn the language.In a recent interview with Vatican Radio he said, “I am going with much humility because I am not young, I must learn the language. I’m going at the beginning of the jubilee Year of Mercy and I ask everyone to be merciful toward me as to bring them the mercy of God.”This Jesuit’s appointment follows the tragic murder of...
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...
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What do you do with frozen embryos when their parents have split up and their genetic mother wants them to remain frozen, whereas their genetic father wants them gestated by a surrogate so that he can father them and bring them up? It is hardly an everyday predicament but it is one in which a famous actress now finds herself, and so the situation has generated headlines and comment over the past few days. Agneta Sutton sets out the Church’s view on the issues at hand. On 29 April...
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The world meeting of grassroots movements ‘is a sign, a great sign’, Pope Francis declared when receiving their representatives in the Vatican on 28 October 2014. What do the expressions ‘popular or grassroots movements’ mean? Where did the idea of inviting them to the Vatican come from, and how did the meeting unfold? But most of all: what does this sign tell us about the direction that Pope Francis is proposing for the Church and the world? Michael Czerny SJ of the...

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