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Pope Francis reads his video message
Pope Francis has sent a video message to the people of Egypt ahead of his Apostolic Journey to the country, saying the “world needs peace, love and mercy”. Pope Francis began his video message with the traditional greeting in Arabic: “As-salamu alaykum! (Peace be with you!)” He said he is “coming as a friend, as a messenger of peace, and a pilgrim to the country that, over two thousand years ago, gave refuge and hospitality to the Holy Family as they fled the threats of King Herod.” The Pope...
Empty tomb
‘The walls we build to protect ourselves and to keep others out all contribute to the establishment of a tomb, an abode of the dead, a hell that produces sentiments of anxiety, suspicion, fear and despair’. But the bursting forth of a new world on Easter morning breaks the walls of this tomb and opens our horizons, writes David Neuhaus SJ: ‘resurrection renews hope’. The Cambridge Dictionary defines the word ‘horizon’ as ‘the line at the farthest place that you can see, where the sky seems...
A time of Reconciliation and Adoration
Jesuit parishes, schools and other communities throughout Britain are responding to the Pope's call for the universal Church to set aside a period of '24 Hours for the Lord', by opening their doors for 24 hours this weekend. Pope Francis is inviting parishes around the world to provide a special welcome to visitors and worshippers tomorrow and Saturday, so that they might encounter Jesus Christ anew in the sacrament of Penance and Eucharistic Adoration.The theme chosen for this year's event is...
Pope Francis accepts the Romero Homilies from Julian Filochowski. Osservatore Romano
As the Catholic Church around the world celebrates the centenary of the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero – and many continue to anticipate his canonisation – Pope Francis has been presented with six volumes of the English translation of the Salvadorian Archbishop’s homilies.The presentation was made by Jesuit Missions Consultant and Chair of the Archbishop Romero Trust, Julian Filochowski OBE, at the end of the Ash Wednesday General Audience on 1 March in St Peter's Square. "I presented a bag with...
Fr Lombardi with former colleagues from Vatican Radio
The Jesuit who was spokesman for both Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis has been awarded France's highest order. Fr Federico Lombardi SJ, former Director of both Vatican Radio and of the Holy See's Press office, received the Légion d'honneur this week in recognition of a career devoted to communicating the message of the Holy See.The Légion d'honneur was presented to Fr Lombardi on Wednesday evening at the French embassy to the Holy See in Rome. In making the award, his attention to the French...
The icon of St Saviour (detail) at All Saints Church in Rome
Pope Francis became the first pontiff to set foot inside an Anglican church in his own diocese as the Bishop of Rome on Sunday, when he visited All Saints Chaplaincy. While attending Choral Evensong, he also blessed an icon of St Saviour, which had been commissioned to mark the church's 200th anniversary. He encouraged the congregation to "walk together" in their quest for greater unity, saying that it could not be achieved "in a laboratory".All Saints was established by a small group of...
Refugees Welcome, printed on concrete
Welcome the needyCan our world ever have been more divided than now? In the lifetimes of many of us, we have not known such pain and division. An ugly licence to hate and to exclude is in the air; attitudes and behaviours that are usually, by common consent, unacceptable have been unleashed. It has shockingly become quite alright to despise the other, to embrace selfishness and to act with indifference towards those who come, in need, to us and to our countries. Narrow nationalist populism,...
Listen to the online conversation at 6pm today
A global online conversation is due to take place later today to study President Trump's executive orders on immigration and refugees. The event is being hosted by the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) and will involve experts from the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States and Jesuit Refugee Service USA."The executive orders on immigration and refugee acceptance policies announced by the Trump administration last week are an affront to the Gospel-values of compassion and...
Pope Francis is filmed during a General Audience at St Peter's: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk
Pope Francis has appealed to all who engage in communication to be “constructive” and to use the media - especially their modern technological advances - to reject prejudice and to “foster a culture of encounter”.In his message for World Communications Day (which will be celebrated on Sunday 28 May 2017), the Pope says that a constant focus on bad news such as wars, terrorism, scandals and human failure creates a vicious circle of anxiety and fear. He also warns...
Fr General listens to testimonies by refugees at the Gesù in Rome: JRS Italia
Father General has called on us all to redouble our efforts to welcome those who suffer because of the need to migrate and to work together to build ‘a community of life’.Speaking in Rome before the World Day of Refugees and Migrants (Sunday), Fr Arturo Sosa SJ was addressing refugees, volunteers and staff from the Centro Astalli, the headquarters of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Italy. He urged all who support refugees and migrants to put pressure on governments, especially in...

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