pope francis

Cafod launches new animated resource on the climate
As part of their range of resources for secondary schools, CAFOD has produced a new, four minute animation that explores Pope Francis’ message to every person on the planet asking them to protect our common home.In his open letter, Laudato Si’, Pope Francis speaks about the devastating effects of climate change on people and the planet saying that climate change is real, urgent and it must be tackled, asking us to remember that the climate is “a common good, belonging to and meant for us all”....
The Joy & the Tensions of Becoming a Poor Church with the PoorThe Annual Lecture will this year be given by Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga SDB, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Until earlier this year, the Cardinal was the President of Caritas International. He is also the coordinator of the Council of Cardinal Advisers whom Pope Francis established to help him look at the workings of the Vatican.Given the Cardinal's long experience with Caritas International, and his current role...
Wedding rings
Earlier this week, Pope Francis issued two letters which initiated significant reforms to the marriage annulment process in the Catholic Church. Brendan Callaghan SJ situates these motu proprio letters in their pastoral context in order to think about their likely effects. What has – and has not – been changed, and why?                           ...
wedding rings
Pope Francis today issued two Apostolic Letters by which he streamlined reforms to the legal structures of the Church dealing with questions of nullifying the Sacrament of marriage in order that the parties may be admitted to new canonically valid marriages.One of the letters is known as ‘The Lord Jesus, Clement Judge’ and reforms the Code of Canon Law (CIC) governing the Latin Church, while the other is known as ‘Clement and merciful Jesus’ and reforms the Code of Canon Law for Oriental...
Syrian refugee family in Lebanon with Sarah Teather of Jesuit Refugee Service
During his Angelus address in St Peter’s Square yesterday, the Pope responded to the refugee crisis by appealing to all Catholic parishes and religious communities in Europe to take in a refugee family.“Every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary of Europe – take in one family each”, he said.In appealing for this gesture of solidarity, he set the example by saying that the two parishes in the Vatican would each take in a refugee family in the next few days.The Pope...
Each month, Pope Francis entrusts two particular prayer intentions to the Apostleship of Prayer, the Pope’s Prayer Network and asks the AoP to spread these intentions to Christians everywhere. Successive Popes have given this mission to the AoP, which is looked after by the Jesuits, for many years. It is for this reason that the AoP is known as the Prayer Network of the Pope; the Holy Father Francis takes a keen personal interest in this ministry.Each month, one of the intentions concerns a...
An opportunity to study the letter on the environment by Pope FrancisThree Wednesdays in Septembertwo chapters each eveningThe Green Group at Lauriston Jesuit Centre invites you to get to grips with Pope Francis’ challenging and inspiring text, one chapter at a time, during three informal ecumenical discussion evenings 2nd, 9th and 16th September.We welcome the Eco-Congregation Scotland Environmental Chaplain, the Church of Scotland Climate Change Officer, and the other moderators, ...
Pope Francis has set up in the Catholic Church a “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation” which will be celebrated on September 1st annually.The Pope writes that the ecological crisis calls us to a profound spiritual conversion “whereby the effects of our encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in our relationship with the world around us.” He continues, “living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary...
Pope of Good Promise
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...
Photo of animal dominoes
Faith-based discussions about ecological issues often revolve around a theme of stewardship, but Pope Francis has taken a different approach in his encyclical, says Henry Longbottom SJ. How does the ecological conversion to which Laudato si’ calls us compare with a movement in secular philosophy which advocates an environmental virtue ethics? There's a striking absence of ‘stewardship’ language in Pope Francis’ recent encyclical, Laudato si’. The term,...

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