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A prestigious cricket match held on 4 July 2018 at Stonyhurst College between the Stonyhurst Gentlemen’s XI and the Vatican (St Peter’s) Cricket Team, known as the Vatican XI, has ended in a spectacular victory for the visiting side.Staff and alumni from the famous British school formed a special Stonyhurst Gentlemen’s XI for the occasion. The match at Stonyhurst College was the first fixture of the Vatican XI’s 4th Light of Faith Tour of England. The Vatican XI comprises priests and...
The Vatican (St Peter’s) Cricket Team has announced the schedule for its 2018 Tour of England - from the 3rd to the 15th of July - , which will be the 4th Light of Faith Tour of England for the Vatican XI. The team last visited the UK on an official tour in 2016.This high profile and significant tour will commence at Stonyhurst College, with the inaugural cricket match between Stonyhurst and the Vatican XI taking place at the College on Wednesday 4 July 2018 at 1.00pm. During the tour, the...
Migrants at sea
Migrants and Refugees: Men and Women in search of PeaceVatican Radio reported the release of Pope Francis’ message for the celebration of the 2018 World Day of Peace  - 1st January 2018.In it the Holy Father  offers heartfelt good wishes for peace and invites people of good will to embrace those fleeing war, hunger and persecution. He notes that some people consider the growth in migration as a threat.  But, “for my part, he says, I ask you to view it with confidence, as an...
The Vatican's Secretariat for Communications and the Society of Jesus have signed a convention through which the Society makes itself available to the apostolic mission of the world of communications. The secretariat was formed in 2015 as part of a wider curial reform, putting nine different entities into one structure, including L'Osservatore Romano, Vatican Radio and the Vatican publishing house amongst others. The popular twitter account @pontifex, and the Vatican website were also put under...
Assumption of the Virgin Mary by Rubens Credit Wikimedia
‘DOGMA’ has become a ‘boo-word’. Rather than its original Christian definition ‘a tenet of Christian faith’ or ‘the authoritative teaching of the Church’ the Oxford dictionary now includes the meaning ‘an arrogant declaration of opinion.’ The negative definition may have evolved through widespread criticisms of the way the Catholic Church has historically enforced its teachings, especially via the CDF (the Congregation of the Faith), formerly called the Holy Office. This Congregation has until...
Pope Francis and President Trump at the Vatican
Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump had a half hour private meeting in the Apostolic Palace this morning, speaking through interpreters.The Vatican press office statement said “During the cordial discussions, satisfaction was expressed for the good existing bilateral relations between the Holy See and the United States of America, as well as the joint commitment in favour of life, and freedom of worship and conscience. It is hoped that there may be serene collaboration between the...
Pope Francis & Fr Nicolas at the Gesu in Rome
Fr Adolfo Nicolás SJ, the former Superior General of the Jesuits, has written down his reminiscences of his conversations with Pope Francis after his election to the papacy.  Austen Ivereigh offers some insights and observations – first published on Cruxnow.comFr Nicolás, who was until earlier this year Superior General of the Jesuits has written a series of reminiscences about his conversations with Pope Francis, published in the Spanish Jesuit publication Mensajero.He wrote them during a...
Archbishop Paul Gallagher
A senior Vatican prelate who was educated by the Jesuits in Liverpool has called for Jerusalem to be given “special status on an international level”, saying that interreligious dialogue and education are crucial for peaceful co-existence in the region.Archbishop Paul Gallagher, who is now Secretary for Relations with States within the Holy See's Secretariat of State, was a student at St Francis Xavier’s College in Woolton, Liverpool, which was founded by the Society of...
After the crowds have dispersed: St Peter's Basilica
Fr Jim Crampsey SJ attended the events in the Vatican to mark the end of the Year of Consecrated Life.  There is a passage which appears in the Synoptic Gospels in the context of the first sending out of the disciples which begins 'take no bag'. It is also a key scriptural passage in the Formula of the Institute of the Society of Jesus. Nevertheless the first task in the days for the closing of the Year of Consecrated Life was to collect a bag full of goodies. Tickets for this came with a...
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...

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