Austen Ivereigh

The Pope's biographer gives his take on the social justice teaching of Pope Francis“I often find myself drawn to a thing that Francis does or says which might seem a little bit perplexing or counter-cultural or startling. I often find myself thinking, well why is he reacting in that way, and in investigating that, in looking into that, I find myself often realising that he of course is modelling himself on Jesus.”Austen Ivereigh is a UK-based Roman Catholic journalist, author, commentator, and...
What Would Francis Do?On March 19th, the feast of St Joseph, Pope Francis will mark eight years in office. Over that time, he has attempted to bring back to the Catholic church the energy and zeal which emerged from the Second Vatican Council. How far he has succeeded is the subject of the Edinburgh Jesuit Centre’s series of Lenten talks.Six prominent thinkers, each an expert in their own field, will address different aspects of Francis’ tenure.The series starts at 7.30 on Tuesday 23rd February...
Dr Austen Ivereigh, one of the leading interpreters of the Francis papacy, is a British Catholic writer journalist and commentator, best known for his bestselling biography: The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope (2015).His new book, Wounded Shepherd: Pope Francis and His Struggle to Convert the Catholic Church (2019), is an account and analysis of the often-turbulent reform led by Pope Francis, history's first Jesuit and Latin American Pope. The book...
Austen Ivereigh
Lessons from Pope Francis' past that are guiding his response to the presentIn response to the high profile crisis in the Catholic Church worldwide, The Lauriston Jesuit Centre will host a series of talks during the Autumn season, titled The present state of the Church, to explore its impact.The second talk will be presented by Austen Ivereigh - author of The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope -, who will discuss how Pope Francis' past is guiding his response to the...
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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...
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...