Fr David Stewart SJ

A RESPONSE OF TENDERNESS"To the pandemic of the virus we want to respond with the universality of prayer, of compassion, of tenderness", suggested Pope Francis, just before Holy Week and Easter, as the virus ripped through almost every country in the world. This pandemic transcends, indeed ignores, all national boundaries but so too could that trinity of prayer, compassion and tenderness that the Holy Father proposed. This echoes Pope Francis’s frequent previous pleas for what he termed a “...
We pray with the Pope each month, sharing his specific Intention for the challenges that face humanity and the church’s mission.  The pandemic that is sweeping the world at the moment is one of the greatest challenges that humanity has faced. It is, as this piece is being written, already causing numerous events and publications to be out-of-date and this Monthly Reflection, also prepared in advance, is likely to be somewhat redundant by the time you’re reading it in your diocesan...
This reflection is by Fr David Stewart SJ, National Director of the Pope's Global Prayer NetworkMarch’s Intention of the Holy Father, offered to the whole church and all people of good will through his own worldwide prayer-group, coincides with the 40th anniversary this month of the assassination of Saint Oscar Romero. It comes also as we suffer with the people of China, devastated by the outbreak of the Corona virus; innocent lives shattered, so many lives lost. The Pope asks us to pray this...
Watch the latest Pope Video herePOPE FRANCIS’S PRAYER INTENTION FOR FEBRUARY - reflection by Fr David Stewart SJAn urgent and tragic aspect of human life today is the suffering of millions of our brothers and sisters who have been forced to become refugees. A particularly harrowing dimension of this tragedy is illegal human trafficking. In his prayer Intention for February, Pope Francis asks us to confront this reality that faces contemporary humanity, asking us to “Listen to the Migrants'...
There was a big gathering last week in Vienna of the representatives for The Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network.   The meeting was facilitated by Fr Frederic Fornos SJ from the French Province,  who was appointed as international director of the network in July 2016 by Pope Francis. Fr Frederic explained how what was formerly known as ‘The Apostleship of Prayer‘,  had been given a new logo and vision as the Pope’s Worldwide Network since 2010.  More than just a rebranding...

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