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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,...
Pope Francis looks over St Peter’s Square with World Youth Day volunteers (photo credit: L’ Osservatore Romano)
Pope Francis launched the registration to next year’s World Youth Day in Poland by becoming the first person to sign up.Using online tablet technology the pope proclaimed cheerfully in his Angelus address on 26 July, "I wanted to be the one to open registration and with this electronic device I have signed up for the day as a pilgrim,"With an estimated 2.5 million people expected to attend the week-long gathering next July 26 – August 3, the 31st World Youth Day, “will be, in a certain sense, a...
Statue of St Ignatius
How was Ignatius of Loyola able to find God in all things? It was because he fell – and stayed – in love with God; and through the gift of the Spiritual Exercises, he helps us to do the same! Sr Jane Livesey, the General Superior of the Congregation of Jesus, celebrates the Feast of St Ignatius by thinking about how he loved Jesus and was inspired to ‘live the present with passion’, just as Pope Francis urges all those in consecrated life to do. When Pope Francis...
Incense burner in stained glass at St Ignatius Church Chestnut Hill Massachusetts
Francis – Created by Excelsis to celebrate the Petrine succession of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis, Pontifex Maximus, 266th Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. Francis is an engaging, fresh fragrance with a citrusy top note of bergamot and a soft, woody drydown of sandalwood. Smooth and soothing, A grand aftershave.One wonders what Pope Francis would make of this advertisement for the Excelsis Fine Fragrances Company’s latest creation, ‘Francis Eau de Cologne’. The...
God and Creation
To celebrate the recent publication of Pope Francis's encyclical on the environment, Laudato Sii, Kevin Mayhew has made a free download of the Damian Lundy hymn of the same name available. For a limited time, a pdf file of the words and sheet music, and an mp3 file of the hymn being performed, can be downoladed free of charge from www.kevinmayhew.com/hymn-of-the-week.html              
As our Jesuit pope is mid-way through his third year in office, National Geographic Magazine’s photographer Dave Yoder and writer Robert Draper have produced a challenging article which asks, ‘Will the pope change the Vatican - or will the Vatican change the pope?In typical NGM style this is a powerful photo story which previews the pope’s first visit to the USA from 22-27 September and looks at his emphasis on serving the poor over enforcing doctrine which has inspired both joy and anxiety in...
Kogai children in Columbia
For July 2015, the Holy Father’s Evangelisation Intention draws our attention to the poor in his native Latin America. Coming to us in the month in which he made his first return to his own continent since his election, it’s timely that he asks us to pray thus: “That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society”. Here in our own supposedly prosperous country, increasing poverty, particularly among children...
Almost a million people attended Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in Nu Guazu Park, Asuncion in Paraguay, at the end of his seven-day visit to South America. The crowd included tens of thousands from Francis’s homeland, Argentina – among them President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Tarasios of Buenos Aires. Earlier, the Holy Father visited a slum area on the outskirts of Asuncion which is home to some 1500 families.Prayers during the papal Mass were said in...
Pope Francis’s visit to South America started with a meeting with the hierarchy of Ecuador, in Bicentennial Park in Quito. After he had been greeted by the President of the Ecuadorian Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Fausto Gabriel Travez OFM, the Pope spoke with the bishops before presiding at Mass with a congregation of more 1.5 million people and 1,200 priests.In his homily, the Pope spoke about liberation: liberation from social inequality and sin, the need for inclusion at all levels and...
Ryan O’Neill from Merthyr Tydfil will be tracing the steps of Pope Francis in South America, having won the Pope Francis Young People Award. Ryan, a psychiatric nursing student who works in his free time supporting and inspiring other young people, was selecting from hundreds of young people nominated for the Awards which were hosted by Baroness Hollins in Leicester Square last week.Hundreds of young people, youth workers and teachers, family and friends gathered to celebrate the inspirational...

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