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This month, so many of us continue our fervent prayer for all of humanity, as the whole world continues to suffer from the pandemic, yet we keep in our prayer another concern that will affect us all, now and in the generations that follow us. Pope Francis asks us to pray with him “that the progress of robotics and artificial intelligence may always serve humankind”.When we respond to the Pope’s monthly pleas to pray with him about a specific intention, we commit ourselves to praying with him...
Pope Francis’ third encyclical ‘poses an incremental expansion of the tradition of Catholic Social Teaching which carefully lays bare its logic and gently radicalises some of its implications’, writes Damian Howard SJ. In Fratelli tutti, how does the pope respond to a confused and troubled world which is struggling to articulate a vision for its future, with a gospel-centred narrative which is both practical and ambitious?Catholic Social Teaching just keeps coming these days. That should...
Beginning October, the month of Mary, a new Rosary e-book has been released to pray in times of pandemic and illness. The Crisis & Health Rosary can be downloaded for free as an eBook in EPUB, MOBI or PDF format from the website www.popesprayer.va. And it will soon be available on Amazon Kindle and Google Play Books.(Vatican City, October 1st) – On the feast of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, patron saint of missionaries, a new Rosary has come out inviting everyone to pray for all those who were...
The Prayer Intention for October, offered to the whole church by Pope Francis through his worldwide prayer network, concerns “The Laity’s Mission in the Church”. He invites us to pray with him that “by the virtue of baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church”.We know well that each of us, as a baptised person, is empowered for mission through the Sacraments of Initiation - Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Our word, “mission”, derives...
PRAYING WITH THE POPE IN AUGUST – FOR THOSE AT SEA.This most extraordinary year of pain and suffering continues into the late summer, in this hemisphere, extraordinary in many ways but not least that its global pandemic is affecting, almost certainly, every single human on the face of the earth. It makes you think of that powerful contemplation of St.Ignatius Loyola, in the Spiritual Exercises, in which he invites you to imagine how the Blessed Trinity gazes timelessly down on the whole globe,...
Fr Augusto Zampini-Davies, who is currently leading the Vatican's post-COVID19 task force, has said that the people of God are not going to wait for political leaders to make the changes the world needs, but 'are going to move it forward ourselves'.In the latest talk in the series Lockdowns from Lauriston to an online audience of more than 1,000 people, Zampini-Davies said Pope Francis had asked the task force to “prepare the future”, and not simply to react to future problems. "We are called...
Join Sarah Teather, Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service UK and Pope Francis biographer and journalist, Austen Ivereigh, for a special refugee week conversation, reflecting on the issues COVID has thrown up for the Church and its care for the most marginalised. What can we learn from Francis’ leadership about how the Church should respond? How is the Church responding on the ground to the issues facing refugees and migrants during the pandemic? What lessons can we learn...
Dr Austen Ivereigh gave us both an intimate and personal insight into his recent interview with Pope Francis, and practical and helpful guidance for our own spiritual lives and those of our communities at this time. There was a strong sense of continuation at this extraordinary time, that while Francis is showing particularly visible witness and leadership globally at this time, he is continuing a process of guiding us as Christians through processes of conversion and discernment, in a way that...
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(Photo shared via Creative Commons) In a major interview published by The Tablet and Commonweal in the middle of Holy Week, Pope Francis shares with his British biographer spiritual wisdom about the meaning of the coronavirus pandemic. Austen Ivereigh reveals exclusively to Thinking Faith how the interview – the pope’s first for English-language Catholic publications – came about, and how the pope sees a world in crisis being offered the chance to change. In a lovely blend of old-...
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...

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