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Pope Francis
Since his early years as Pope, Francis has tried to visit Jesuit communities during most of his journeys abroad.  As these meetings are considered private, the Vatican doesn’t usually release a transcript of the event. During World Youth Day 2016, Pope Francis made a surprise private visit to a Jesuit seminary in Krakow. Although the Vatican did not publish details about the meeting on the 30th of July, Father Antonio Spadaro SJ, a Jesuit who travels as part of the Pontifical...
Pope Francis
Pope Francis -  Loneliness of a long distance runner.Lecture and discussion with Author Marco Politi.Author and journalist Marco Politi has built a successful career commentating on the Vatican and religious matters since the 1970s, in addition to being a columnist for the Italian daily newspaper, Fatto Quottidiano. As we as his recent coverage of Pope Francis, he has followed Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI on over 80 trips around the world and has regularly contributed to the BBC...
GC36 is to put the environment at the heart of its deliberations
Jesuits involved in ecology and the environment are calling for a “renewed imagination”, as they prepare for their 36th General Congregation (GC36). Writing on the Ecojesuit website, they urge delegates at the meeting that will take place in Rome from 3 October to offer “new prospects so the Society of Jesus can respond – as a body – to the environmental and poverty challenges our world is facing”.In an article posted on 31 July – the Feast of the...
St Phoebe, a deacon in the early Church
Several Jesuits are among the members of a commission being set up by Pope Francis to study the possibility of allowing women to serve as deacons in the Catholic Church. The announcement of the group follows a promise made last May during a meeting at the Vatican with some 900 leaders of the world’s congregations of Catholic women religious.The commission will be led by Jesuit Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria SJ, who is secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of...
Cover of 'The name of God is Mercy'
An anecdote about taking a cross from a dead priest is perhaps not one you would expect to hear from a pontiff, but The name of God is Mercy is full of such of disarming tales from Pope Francis. Most are encouraging stories, about people who have practised or understood mercy, but there is also the occasional warning about religious rigidity or arrogance. No story is wasted and, typically of Francis, each is used to make a deeper theological truth accessible. In the story of the...
St Aloysius' College Caritas Award winners
The Scottish Catholic Education Service has this year awarded its prestigious Caritas Award to a record number of pupils from St Aloysius’ College, recognising their service to others and their active commitment to faith during their final year at school. The Caritas Award was introduced in 2011 by the Bishops Conference of Scotland and invites young people of any faith to explore the idea that “the love which God lavishes upon us must in turn be shared with others”. The...
Pope Francis with the Ecumenical Patriarch and the Greek Orthodox Archbishop at Moria camp Credit: Orestis Panagiotou/EPA
Pope Francis, accompanied by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, Ieronymus II, made an emotional visit to the Moria camp on Lesbos, which houses 250 refugees, on Saturday. In moving address he told them:"You are not alone. In these weeks and months, you have endured much suffering in your search for a better life. Many of you felt forced to flee situations of conflict and persecution for the sake, above all, of...
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Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, published on 8 April 2016, transposes church teaching on marriage and the family from the key of law to that of virtue and should be celebrated, says Nicholas Austin SJ. This powerful new document offers ‘a Gospel-inspired vision of what family life can be, a word of encouragement for those who are not yet there, and above all another example of the discerning way of proceeding that the pope has modelled’. The topic of...
A farmer on his farm, ploughing
Here in the northern hemisphere, spring arrives around now yet many of us feel anything but spring-like, despite the fact that the Lord is risen indeed and that plant-life in our gardens, city squares and window-sills is burgeoning, even blooming. There just seems too much to sadden, even terrify us, too many reasons to repudiate hope. It feels that our days are darker, not brighter. But the new life is springing; “now the green blade riseth”, as we can sing. We can learn much from...
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‘The cross of Christ is a sign of God’s willingness to forgive us’, writes Russell Pollitt SJ as he concludes our series on the Spiritual Works of Mercy in Laudato si’.  As we contemplate our own sinfulness and the ultimate example of forgiveness in these days of Holy Week, we follow Pope Francis in viewing the ecological crisis ‘as a summons to profound interior conversion’, and recognise that true conversion involves sharing God’s mercy with...

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