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A new biography of Pope Francis is having its launch at Farm St parish hall in September.  It presents Pope Francis as a far more complex man than early biographies have suggested. He is no picture-book saint but a very human priest, one familiar with doubt and the struggle to be a true witness of his faith. In circumstances he neither sought nor foresaw, Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio was handed the highest office in the Church at a time of institutional crisis.Award-winning writer Jimmy...
True and False Reform, Congar, 2010It is clear that the Pope is a reformer. But he cannot be easily categorized as either a progressive or a conservative. Christopher Bellito, a theologian, argues that the best way of understanding him might be to look at the work of the great French theologian Yves Congar, who developed principles that steer between the extremes of tradition and progress as well as between conservation and innovation.  His warning against two extremes or temptations that...
Pope Francis has appointed Father Francis Serrao SJ as Bishop of Shimoga in India. Father Serrao (pictured) is currently Provincial of the Karnataka Province, from where several Jesuits are serving in Guyana at present.Fr "Frankie" Serrao joined the Society of Jesus in 1979 and was ordained a priest in 1992. He has ample experience in parish ministry and administration as well as in social action ministries in India.  He has served as Mission Superior in Anekal and...
Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires on 17 December 1936. He was the eldest of five children to Italian immigrants, Regina María Sívori and Mario José Bergoglio. After being educated by the Salesians in the city of Ramos Mejía, he went to a technical school in Buenos Aires, where he qualified as a chemical technician.The feast of St Matthew – 21 September – became a turning point in the life of the young Argentinian. Aged 17, Jorge Mario went to confession and became...
Pierre Favre, one of the original Companions of Ignatius Loyola and Francis Xavier, has been made a saint by Pope Francis.  The canonisation of Favre - also known as Peter Faber - holds a special meaning because he is a model of spirituality and priestly life for today's Pope and at the same time an important reference to understand his style of government.Favre lived on the crest of an era when the unity of the Church was undermined and he remained essentially alien to doctrinal...