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Why Pope Francis insists on ending Global Human Trafficking: Experiences in Albania and the VaticanOlivia Conroy, postgraduate student at Somerville, who has worked with RENATE, the European Network of Women Religious committed to working together against human trafficking and exploitation in 19 different countries. She has also taken part in the Vatican symposium on ‘Young people against prostitution and human trafficking, after her research into mapping human trafficking.  You can...
On 8 February the Catholic Church celebrated the first International day of Prayer and Reflection against Human Slavery.  The date was chosen because it is the feast day of St Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese slave, who became a Canossian nun. St Josephine Bakhita was born on 8 February 1869 in Sudan to a wealthy family.  She was kidnapped by slave traders at the age of six and given the name of Bakhita (meaning Lucky One).  She was sold and resold in the markets of El...
Pope Francis has appointed Jesuit-educated Archbishop Paul Gallagher as the Holy See’s  Secretary for Relations with States. The Papal Nuncio to Australia since 2012, Archbishop Gallagher is the first Briton to hold this senior position within the Vatican.Paul Gallagher was born in Liverpool on 23 January 1954. He was educated by the Jesuits at St Francis Xavier’s College in Woolton and was ordained as a priest of the Archdiocese of Liverpool by Archbishop Derek Worlock on 31...
Father General has compared the Synod on the Family that concluded at the weekend with the Second Vatican Council. Reflecting on the discussions that took place in Rome on marriage and relationships, Fr Adolfo Nicolás SJ told Salt and Light TV that he hoped one of the positive results of the Synod of Bishops would be “a change of pastoral attitudes”. Rather than aiming to reach conclusions at the Synod, Fr Nicolás said its purpose was to look carefully and compassionately at the...
Father Adolfo Nicolás Pachón SJ, the Superior General of the Jesuits, is one of six prelates appointed by Pope Francis to help draft the revised relatio for the Synod of Bishops currently taking place in Rome.The revised relatio is regarded as the key document as the Synod on the Family goes forward. Its primary drafter is Cardinal Peter Erdo, who, with two other synod officials, has been tasked with summing up the first week of debate. The document to be released on Monday will form the basis...
Several Jesuits are among the delegates at the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family taking place in the Vatican over the next two weeks. The Synod began its working sessions yesterday (Monday), having been formally opened with Mass celebrated in St Peter’s the previous day. Pope Francis is expected to attend all of the working sessions, along with 253 other participants. Yesterday, he urged delegates to "speak with frankness and listen with humility".Among the 191 voting...
Pope Francis yesterday welcomed the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to the Vatican for an evening of prayers for peace in the region. The occasion came just weeks after the last round of US-sponsored negotiations collapsed and following the Holy Father’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land last month at which he invited the two men to his 'home' for what has been termed a Prayer Encounter.Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas embraced in the...
Today’s prayer encounter with the Presidents of Israel and Palestine at the Vatican will provide space for people to stand back from the Middle East conflict and “recreate a desire for change”, according to the Franciscan Custos of the Holy Land, Fr Pierbattista Pizzaballa”. He was speaking at a press conference on Friday, at which he and the head of the Holy See’s press office, Fr Federico Lombardi SJ, announced details of the encounter between Pope Francis,...
Pope Francis presided over the canonisation of two of his predecessors yesterday, witnessed by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Popes John Paul II and John XXIII were declared saints at an historic ceremony at the Vatican.Pope Francis – the first-ever Jesuit pontiff - recited the formula that made the two Popes saints in Latin. After saying that the Church had deliberated, consulted and prayed for divine assistance, he continued: "We declare and define Blessed John XXIII and John Paul II...