pope francis

What is The Economy of Francesco?It is an international meeting of young Catholic scholars and activists who will meet in Assisi next month to discuss a new economic model for the world, one which has social justice and the environment at its heart.The title of the event refers to Saint Francis of Assisi who cared deeply for the natural world, but also Pope Francis. In his papal encyclicals, particularly Laudato Si’, the Holy Father has lamented the pathological state of the global economy...
At the latest Good Books event at the London Jesuit Centre, journalist Austen Ivereigh gave a scintillating talk about his new book Wounded Shepherd: Pope Francis and His Struggle to Convert the Catholic Church.In the book, Austen argues that Francis (the first Jesuit pope) is leading the Church in a new direction via a process of discernment. Facing rebellions over his allowing sacraments for the divorced and his attempt to create a more ‘ecological’ Catholicism, Austen notes how peaceful...
One year ago today, Pope Francis and Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, signed a joint statement which wrote "a new page in the dialogue between religions and people of good will" (Pope Francis).The document was born out of open and fraternal discussion between the two religious leaders and focuses on how different faiths can live peaceably in the same world. When it was signed last year, it was met with wide praise and some criticism.While many applauded the attempt to bridge the...
In answer to this question, journalist Austen Ivereigh says: “What he’s doing is giving us the opportunity to convert, because conversion is what we’re all called to. And so, a bit like a spiritual director, he’s created the space, he points out the temptations, he gives us guidance.”Ivereigh spoke about his new book Wounded Shepherd: Pope Francis and His Struggle to Convert the Catholic Church in his Campion Hall lecture last week. The book gives fascinating insights into life inside the...
The Two Popes (Netflix)
‘With thanks to St Francis’. A nice touch at the end of the credits hints that this new film, directed by Fernando Meirelles and written by Anthony McCarten, and which begins with the story of il poverello, is rather more committed to the Catholic faith, and specifically to a Franciscan take on it, than one might have thought possible from the Vatican-blockbuster genre. Although it has been unusually well received outside Catholic circles, more than one secular commentator has felt obliged to...
One of the participants of the recent Pan-Amazonian Synod was Leah Casimero. A member of the Wapichan community in southern Guyana, Leah made the long journey to Rome to share her views on how to preserve the culture of indigenous Amerindian communities.  Speaking to America Magazine during the Synod, Leah remarked: “One of the things that the Wapichan people said that we don’t want to disappear is our identity, our culture and so on because if that’s gone, we are basically people with no...
Gerry O'Hanlon SJ
Join us for the first of the Synod 2020 talks!- Our context: the signs of the times in Church and Society.- Synod as renewal of fairh, reform of Church, missionary focus.- Biblical, historical, and ecumenical roots of Synodality.- Pope Francis and Synodality - from an 'era of change' to a 'change of era'.- How this might translate on the ground in parishes/dioceses.Former Irish Provincial Gerry O'Hanlon SJ is a theologian and author of many books, including The Quiet Revolution of Pope...
Ecojesuit strongly supports the recent declaration of a climate emergency by Pope Francis and his appeals for urgent collaborative action to this global challenge, with hope and with care and where young people and businesses take leading roles along with greater political action.The message of Pope Francis is clear and direct. He expresses the urgency and depth of the problem facing humanity. “We do not have the luxury of waiting for others to step forward, or of prioritizing short-term...
This June, the Lauriston Jesuit Centre is hosting a screening of the 2018 documentary Pope Francis: A Man of His Word at St Catharine’s Convent, 4 Lauriston Gardens followed by drinks on the lawn.Entry by donationThe film can also be purchased on the Amazon website, which describes it in these terms: “Written and directed by three-time Academy Award nominee Wim Wenders, [the film] is intended to be a personal journey with Pope Francis, rather than a biographical documentary about him. A rare co...
Pope Francis has said, ‘Today the Church needs to grow in discernment, in the ability to discern.’ His reforms are motivated by a desire for a more discerning Church, whether at the level of the bishops’ synods, in the local Church, or in the pastoral accompaniment of individual Christians. Above all, he has emphasised that the faithful ‘are capable of carrying out their own discernment in complex situations’.About sixty people gathered at St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre in North Wales...

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