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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...
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...

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