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Fr Eamonn Mulchay, a Spiritan Missionary based at St. Anne’s church in Manchester, has delivered a talk at St Wilfrid’s RC Church in Preston on Monday 14th May, as part of the parish’s commitment to Live Simply.Fr Eamonn gave a brief overview of the background to the writing of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si, released three years ago on Pentecost Sunday, putting it into the context of the social teaching of the Catholic church dating back to Pope Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum encyclical in the...
On March 27, 2018 the Holy Father confirmed the status of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer) as a work of the Holy See. PWPN (AoP) is constituted as a pontifical work at the service of the Universal Church, with its legal headquarters located in the Vatican City State. The new statutes make modifications pertinent to the “recreation” of the AoP which began formally in 2014.The PWPN (AoP) was previously directed by the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, who...
Welcome – this retreat offers a chance to reflect prayerfully on our relationship to the Risen Lord as we encounter Christ in ourselves, in other people and in the whole of creation.In this retreat we will ponder how the Risen Lord is present to us.   What it means for the Spirit of God to dwell within us in our everyday lives.  The retreat will give us an opportunity to consider how Christ comes to us anew each day just as he came to his disciples on the road to Emmaus, or...
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Dr Austen Ivereigh gave the annual Landings UK lecture at Farm St last week.  Landings is the organization which welcomes returning Catholics.Pope Francis’s evangelization strategy is born from the analysis of the modern world made by the Latin-American Church at its historic 2007 gathering in Aparecida, Brazil, when it called for a “pastoral and missionary conversion” in response to what it called a “change of era”. At the heart of document is understanding the current moment as a time of...
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13 March 2013 was the date of the historic election of the first Jesuit pope. Jorge Mario Bergoglio SJ took the name of Francis and in the five years since, he has captured headlines, imaginations and hearts worldwide. Nicholas Austin SJ looks at one of the foundation stones of Francis’ papacy and, indeed, his life as a Jesuit: discernment. What, according to Pope Francis, does it mean to be a discerning Christian? When Pope Francis was asked, in the famous interview published by Thinking...
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This year’s Landings Lecture will be given by Dr Austen Ivereigh, papal biographer and Catholic Voices co-founder, on the subject: ‘Close and Concrete: Pope Francis on how to Evangelise in a World in Flux’.  This is a vital topic for us all in the Church as it invites us to consider how as individuals and as a faith community we reach out to others.  Landings aims to fill a gap in the Church by providing a compassionate, sensitive, honest space to accompany those who are considering...
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‘In today’s world, hunger, violence and poverty cannot be understood apart from the changes and degradation affecting the environment.’ Pope Francis’ recognition of this led him to introduce an eighth work of mercy in 2016: ‘care for our common home’. Anna Rowlands and Robert Czerny survey the long and living tradition in which this new work of mercy stands. In his message for the 2016 World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, Show Mercy to our Common Home, Pope Francis surprised many...
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Pope Francis’ prayer intention for February, entrusted to the people of God through his personal network of prayer, is expressed bluntly: “Say “No” to Corruption. That those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption”.This is not the first time that Francis has been blunt about this matter; he has not been afraid to be outspoken on this “smog of corruption”, as he put it in a daily Mass homily last November. It is of sufficient concern for him to present...
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The Jesuits of Santiago were delighted to welcome Pope Francis to the Shrine of St Alberto Hurtado during the papal visit to Chile and Peru last week.Alberto Hurtado was a Jesuit saint of the twentieth century beloved and revered across Chile for his dedication to the fight for justice for the poor and marginalized.On his arrival at the Shrine, which also houses a museum of the life of the saint, the pope was asked to bless the famous “green van” which Alberto Hurtado used in his ministry....
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Thinking Faith, the online journal of the Jesuits in Britain, celebrates its tenth anniversary this week. Since 2008, Thinking Faith has been publishing articles that offer a faith-based perspective on contemporary issues and resources about the Catholic tradition.In January 2008 Pope Benedict XVI was the head of the Catholic Church; Gordon Brown led a Labour government; Donald J. Trump was a registered Democrat; and a teenager called Adele released her first album.  Frances Murphy, who...

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