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Pope Francis is due to make his first visit to Africa at the end of this month, in what many are describing as the trip with the most security risks of his pontificate to date. He is due to visit Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic but yesterday he hinted that his planned visit to the Central African Republic might be in jeopardy. His pastoral visit – in response to invitations by each of the three heads of states and local bishops – will potentially bring him face to face with...
Homeless on the streets of Rome
As winter begins to set in, Pope Francis and his Jesuit brothers have made sure there are extra beds in town for those who find themselves facing life out on the streets during the cold winter nights.The new Rome dormitory for the homeless bears the name ‘Gift of Mercy’ because, as the Apostolic Almoner, Bishop Konrad Krajewski explains, “it is a gift from the Society of Jesus and mercy is love’s second name”.The building previously hosted a travel agency and belongs to the Jesuit community and...
Pope Francis addresses the Synod    Credit: Osservatore Romano
In his opening address to the Synod of Bishops on the Family last Sunday, the Pope Francis encouraged the assembly to take up once again the dialogue started last October and to continue the journey with pastoral zeal, doctrinal wisdom and frankness while always keeping eyes on the good of the Church and of families.He mentioned that the Synod is neither convention, parliament nor senate where people make deals and reach compromises. It is rather an Ecclesiastical expression and a protected...
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When Pope John Paul II visited Chile in 1987 he was welcomed as a ‘messenger of life, pilgrim of peace’ – Nathan Stone SJ remembers it well. How did Pope Francis live up to these same accolades on his visit to Cuba and the United States? I was there in April 1987 when Pope John Paul II visited Chile. It was quite the affair. Chile was small, far away and off the beaten track. Whenever an international figure of any stature came to town, it was a big deal, but John Paul was the Vicar of...
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In recent decades, the dynamics within the Catholic Church in America have grown increasingly to resemble those that define the U.S. political scene, writes Vincent Rougeau. Pope Francis’ refusal to align himself with either liberals or conservatives on his recent visit was a challenge to all those who accept such divisions, inside and outside of the Church. A five-year-old girl breaking through security to offer Pope Francis a letter and a t-shirt was probably the most iconic image...
Apostleship of Prayer the Pope's worldwide network of prayer. We pray with the Holy Father, from our hearts and united in the heart of Christ, to grow as missionary disciples.Each month, Pope Francis entrusts two particular prayer intentions to the Apostleship of Prayer, the Pope’s Prayer Network and asks the AoP to spread these intentions to Christians everywhere. Successive Popes have given this mission to the AoP, which is looked after by the Jesuits, for many years. It is for this reason...
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On Friday 25 September, Pope Francis will address the UN General Assembly in New York, whose members will be discussing many of the issues that the pope addressed earlier this year in Laudato si’. Climate scientists Ottmar Edenhofer and Christian Flaschland give a detailed analysis of the ground-breaking encyclical, its place in church tradition and its dialogue with current climate science. How is Pope Francis challenging the Church and the world? Pope Francis’ long-awaited...
Cafod launches new animated resource on the climate
As part of their range of resources for secondary schools, CAFOD has produced a new, four minute animation that explores Pope Francis’ message to every person on the planet asking them to protect our common home.In his open letter, Laudato Si’, Pope Francis speaks about the devastating effects of climate change on people and the planet saying that climate change is real, urgent and it must be tackled, asking us to remember that the climate is “a common good, belonging to and meant for us all”....
The Joy & the Tensions of Becoming a Poor Church with the PoorThe Annual Lecture will this year be given by Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga SDB, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Until earlier this year, the Cardinal was the President of Caritas International. He is also the coordinator of the Council of Cardinal Advisers whom Pope Francis established to help him look at the workings of the Vatican.Given the Cardinal's long experience with Caritas International, and his current role...
Wedding rings
Earlier this week, Pope Francis issued two letters which initiated significant reforms to the marriage annulment process in the Catholic Church. Brendan Callaghan SJ situates these motu proprio letters in their pastoral context in order to think about their likely effects. What has – and has not – been changed, and why?                           ...

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