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Pope Francis refused to answer reporters’ questions about a letter released on Sunday by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, instead urging reporters to draw their own conclusions about the former papal nuncio’s accusations. Austen Ivereigh explains that the roots of Francis’ response might be found in an article that Jorge Mario Bergoglio wrote in 1990, in which he claims silence is sometimes the only way to let the spirits reveal themselves. ‘When it’s our turn to live through a difficult...
Jesuit novices, from left: Paolo Beltrame, Thiranjala Weerasinghe, Desmond Gibney, Dunstan Rodrigues, John Bosco Noronha, Paul Prior, Ian Jackson.
 Jesuit novice Dunstan Rodrigues reflects on the World Meeting of Families. In the photo from left to right the Jesuit novices: Paolo Beltrame, Thiranjala Weerasinghe, Desmond Gibney, Dunstan Rodrigues, John Bosco Noronha, Paul Prior, Ian Jackson. Matthew Tumulty, the eighth novice, is not in the photo because he was preparing for his own personal meeting with Pope Francis!The novices of Britain, Ireland and the Low Countries had the privilege to join in the World Meeting of...
With the visit of Pope Francis as its focus, the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) in Dublin has been a unique occasion for the Catholic world to celebrate families and their wonderfully rich and diverse contribution to society.In his homily given at Phoenix Park before a congregation of half a million people, the Pope said that one of the fruits of the WMOF would be for participants to return home “and become a source of encouragement for others”. He called on the congregation to bear witness...
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In a letter ‘To the People of God’ this week, Pope Francis addressed the suffering caused by clerical abuse, expressing deep sorrow for the ‘heart-wrenching pain’ of victims and giving voice to the shame of the Church. James Hanvey SJ believes that, in trying to be attentive to the Spirit’s voice and presence, the pope’s letter marks a definitive moment from which there can be no turning back. Pope Francis’ letter ‘To the People of God’ marks a definitive moment in the Church’s life. When...
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The collective mind-set in Ireland as the country prepares for Pope Francis’ visit to the World Meeting of Families is a fragile one. The consequences of a momentous vote in favour of repealing the 8th Amendment are being worked out, and the recent revelations about abuse in the USA have caused much discontent. Irish Jesuit Gerry O’Hanlon surveys the religious and political landscape in Ireland, and wonders how recent events might shape the future of the Church. How lies Ireland in the...
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This week, Pope Francis published an unusually blunt letter on abuse. In it, he condemns unequivocally both the abuse of minors and the failure to hold perpetrators to account.He describes abuse as both a crime and a sin and acknowledges the terrible damage that it causes. He apologises to all who have been hurt and says: "I acknowledge once more the sufferings endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience perpetrated by a significant number of...
Fr Eamonn Mulchay, a Spiritan Missionary based at St. Anne’s church in Manchester, has delivered a talk at St Wilfrid’s RC Church in Preston on Monday 14th May, as part of the parish’s commitment to Live Simply.Fr Eamonn gave a brief overview of the background to the writing of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato si', released three years ago on Pentecost Sunday, putting it into the context of the social teaching of the Catholic church dating back to Pope Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum encyclical in...
On March 27, 2018 the Holy Father confirmed the status of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer) as a work of the Holy See. PWPN (AoP) is constituted as a pontifical work at the service of the Universal Church, with its legal headquarters located in the Vatican City State. The new statutes make modifications pertinent to the “recreation” of the AoP which began formally in 2014.The PWPN (AoP) was previously directed by the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, who...
Welcome – this retreat offers a chance to reflect prayerfully on our relationship to the Risen Lord as we encounter Christ in ourselves, in other people and in the whole of creation.In this retreat we will ponder how the Risen Lord is present to us.   What it means for the Spirit of God to dwell within us in our everyday lives.  The retreat will give us an opportunity to consider how Christ comes to us anew each day just as he came to his disciples on the road to Emmaus, or...
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Dr Austen Ivereigh gave the annual Landings UK lecture at Farm St last week.  Landings is the organization which welcomes returning Catholics.Pope Francis’s evangelization strategy is born from the analysis of the modern world made by the Latin-American Church at its historic 2007 gathering in Aparecida, Brazil, when it called for a “pastoral and missionary conversion” in response to what it called a “change of era”. At the heart of document is understanding the current moment as a time of...

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