Pope Francis

A programme to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 tomorrow (Thursday 2 October) will examine the impact that Pope Francis has had on the Church and the world since he was elected to the papacy 18 months ago.Francis: The Pope's Calling is part of The Report series. It will take as its starting point the moment when the phone rang at the office of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica and a man asked to speak to Eugenio Scalfari, the paper's 90 year old founder and a prominent atheist. The...
The message of Pope Francis at the Liturgy of Thanksgiving for the Restoration of the Society of Jesus, Rome, 27 September 2014Dear brothers and friends in the Lord,The Society under the name of Jesus has lived difficult times of persecution. During the leadership of Fr Lorenzo Ricci, "enemies of the Church succeeded in obtaining the suppression of the Society" (John Paul II, Message to Fr Kolvenbach, 31 July 990) by my predecessor Clement XIV. Today, remembering its reconstitution,...
Last Saturday, 27 September 2014, Pope Francis presided over a Liturgy of Thanksgiving at the Church of the Gesù in Rome. The service marked the 200th anniversary of the Universal Re-establishment of the Society of Jesus, which took place on 7 August 1814 with the Bull of Pius VII Sollicitudo omnium ecclesiarum. Since his election as Pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the first Jesuit to ascend to the throne of Peter, has visited the Gesù, the mother church of the Jesuits, on 31 July 2013, (the Feast...
Pope Francis will preside at a Thanksgiving Service in Rome this Saturday (27 September) to mark the 200th anniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus. The early evening service will be televised live via Vatican Radio and will be available on You Tube. The Thanksgiving Service will take place at the Church of the Gesù, the mother church of the Society of Jesus in Rome. The main architects involved in the construction of the church (officially called the Chiesa del...
On his first visit to a European country outside Italy, Pope Francis has praised the "peaceful coexistence" of religions in Albania, where a Muslim majority lives alongside Catholics and Orthodox Christians.Tens of thousands of Albanians attended an open air Mass celebrated by the Holy Father in the capital, Tirana, and heard him denounce extremists around the world for "perverting" religion to justify violence.In what many regarded as a reference to Islamic State...
Pope Francis’ fresh approach to spreading the Gospel is rooted in the history and experience of the Order to which he belongs: the Jesuits. In a new pamphlet published by the Catholic Truth Society, Fr Chris Pedley SJ explores his links with the Order and Evangelisation.Pope Francis, Evangelisation and the Jesuits looks at the great evangelisers and missionaries of the Jesuit order and the missionary impetus that St Ignatius and his companions and successors in the Society of Jesus...
Pope Francis has presided over a Mass that included a wedding ceremony for 20 couples from the Diocese of Rome. The celebration in St Peter’s Basilica comes three weeks before the start of the Synod on the Family and is the first wedding that Francis has performed since being elected pope 18 months ago.The last time that a pope presided over such a ceremony was in 2000, when it was performed by Pope St John Paul II. At the ceremony on 14 September, Pope Francis took each couple through...
Pope Francis has cleared the path for the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero. On the plane back from his visit to South Korea, he described Romero, who was murdered in 1980, as “a man of God" and said that he hoped to be able to declare him ‘blessed’."There are no doctrinal problems,” he told journalists, “and it is very important that [the beatification] is done quickly."Archbishop Romero denounced the right-wing death squads that operated in...
Up to a million Koreans attended the Beatification Mass of 124 martyrs in Seoul on Saturday. As Pope Francis made his way towards Gwanghwamun Plaza, where a large altar had been constructed, Koreans in their thousands cheered and waved, straining to record the event on their mobile devices. The papal vehicle stopped occasionally, allowing the Pope, smiling, to kiss the foreheads of small children who were held up to him.Pope Francis delivered his homily in Italian, pausing every minute or two...
Pope Francis has praised South Korea for helping the integration of every member of the human family, saying it leads in the “globilisation of solidarity”.Addressing the President of South Korea, Park Geun-hye, and diplomats on the first day of his pastoral visit to the country, the Pope said he appreciated “the efforts being made in favour of reconciliation and stability on the Korean peninsula … for they are the only sure path to lasting peace.“Korea’s...

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