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FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTSApril, this year, is Resurrection Month. Everywhere, all the brothers and sisters of the human family, whether explicitly or not, are longing for new life, desperate for the deadly pandemic to end, for the fullness of life to free us from the terror of illness and death that has hung over us for over a year. We’ve seen so much selfless fraternity but we’ve also seen discord, violence and the spread of a harsh politics of hostility, even hate. It’s timely, then, that Pope...
Women in the ChurchIn the last of this Lent series of talks organised by the Edinburgh Jesuit Centre, Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ discusses the role of women in the Church. Gemma is a Sister of the Congregation of Jesus and Director of the Religious Life Institute in Cambridge, and former President of the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain.In her opening remarks, Gemma said: “I want to begin by nailing my colours to the mast as someone who is an absolute all-out fan of Pope...
From hierarchy to synodAs part of a Lent series of talks about the reign of Pope Francis, the Edinburgh Jesuit Centre invited Christopher Lamb from The Tablet to speak about the Holy Father’s reorganisation of the Church.In particular, Christopher's talk focused on the reform of the Church hierarchy and the shift towards a more synodal decision-making model.You can watch a recording of the talk by clicking hereFor more information about the Edinburgh Jesuit Centre, including upcoming talks,...
Fr Rutilio Grande SJ
On February 20, 2020, Pope Francis beatified a Jesuit priest who very few people know. His name is Rutilio Grande SJFormed as a Jesuit before and during the Second Vatican Council, Fr. Grande was influenced by his experiences of an inclusive liturgy which insisted upon the widest and deepest participation by lay people possible at that time.The commitment to include the voices of everyone in a community would come to mark Fr. Grande as a priest who did something much better than most priests at...
This month, Pope Francis became the first Pope ever to visit Iraq.The theme of his visit was interfaith reconciliation: 'You are all brothers and sisters'.It was a visit packed with events and meaning, with the Holy Father bringing hope to the country's beleaguered Christians and other persecuted groups.  Reflecting on this historic moment, a panel including Father Dominic Robinson SJ, give their views in a discussion you can watch here. To find out more about Jesuits in...
The Pope's biographer gives his take on the social justice teaching of Pope Francis“I often find myself drawn to a thing that Francis does or says which might seem a little bit perplexing or counter-cultural or startling. I often find myself thinking, well why is he reacting in that way, and in investigating that, in looking into that, I find myself often realising that he of course is modelling himself on Jesus.”Austen Ivereigh is a UK-based Roman Catholic journalist, author, commentator, and...
With the arrival of February and the approach of Ash Wednesday and Lent, Pope Francis has once again asked us to pray with him about a matter of grave concern in our contemporary world. Anxious about the pandemic, and rightly concerned about the just sharing of the new life-saving vaccines with the world’s poorest, we might forget this continuing epidemic, of violence against women, to which there has so far been no effective inoculation.Now the Pope asks us to become, no less, the...
An online symposium exploring questions of land use, land rights and rural transition for indigenous peoples in dialogue with Pope Francis' encyclical Fratelli Tutti.Modern life consists in an encounter between the local and the global. In his recent encyclical Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis set forth his vision for this encounter. “We need to pay attention to the global so as to avoid narrowness and banality”, he writes. And yet, “we also need to look to the local, which keeps our feet on...
BEGIN THE YEAR with a PRAYER FOR FULL FELLOWSHIPA greater sense of human solidarity has grown among us, as we ended a dreadful year, yet it wasn’t universal. The longed-for advent of viable vaccines was accompanied by rich nations buying up huge stocks, leaving Majority World nations struggling. Some people appeared to relegate the common good to second place if their own comfort was affected by COVID mitigations. Pope Francis has chosen to highlight human fraternity for the first intention of...

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