pope francis

The Two Popes (Netflix)
‘With thanks to St Francis’. A nice touch at the end of the credits hints that this new film, directed by Fernando Meirelles and written by Anthony McCarten, and which begins with the story of il poverello, is rather more committed to the Catholic faith, and specifically to a Franciscan take on it, than one might have thought possible from the Vatican-blockbuster genre. Although it has been unusually well received outside Catholic circles, more than one secular commentator has felt obliged to...
One of the participants of the recent Pan-Amazonian Synod was Leah Casimero. A member of the Wapichan community in southern Guyana, Leah made the long journey to Rome to share her views on how to preserve the culture of indigenous Amerindian communities.  Speaking to America Magazine during the Synod, Leah remarked: “One of the things that the Wapichan people said that we don’t want to disappear is our identity, our culture and so on because if that’s gone, we are basically people with no...
Gerry O'Hanlon SJ
Join us for the first of the Synod 2020 talks!- Our context: the signs of the times in Church and Society.- Synod as renewal of fairh, reform of Church, missionary focus.- Biblical, historical, and ecumenical roots of Synodality.- Pope Francis and Synodality - from an 'era of change' to a 'change of era'.- How this might translate on the ground in parishes/dioceses.Former Irish Provincial Gerry O'Hanlon SJ is a theologian and author of many books, including The Quiet Revolution of Pope...
Ecojesuit strongly supports the recent declaration of a climate emergency by Pope Francis and his appeals for urgent collaborative action to this global challenge, with hope and with care and where young people and businesses take leading roles along with greater political action.The message of Pope Francis is clear and direct. He expresses the urgency and depth of the problem facing humanity. “We do not have the luxury of waiting for others to step forward, or of prioritizing short-term...
This June, the Lauriston Jesuit Centre is hosting a screening of the 2018 documentary Pope Francis: A Man of His Word at St Catharine’s Convent, 4 Lauriston Gardens followed by drinks on the lawn.Entry by donationThe film can also be purchased on the Amazon website, which describes it in these terms: “Written and directed by three-time Academy Award nominee Wim Wenders, [the film] is intended to be a personal journey with Pope Francis, rather than a biographical documentary about him. A rare co...
Pope Francis has said, ‘Today the Church needs to grow in discernment, in the ability to discern.’ His reforms are motivated by a desire for a more discerning Church, whether at the level of the bishops’ synods, in the local Church, or in the pastoral accompaniment of individual Christians. Above all, he has emphasised that the faithful ‘are capable of carrying out their own discernment in complex situations’.About sixty people gathered at St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre in North Wales...
Pope Francis has recently entrusted his 2020 prayer intentions to the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. They represent a wide array of challenges facing humanity and are the result of much prayer and discernment over the past several months. Areas in need of prayer in 2020 will include: the Way of the Heart, listening to migrant’s cries, freedom from addiction, respect for the planet’s resources and artificial intelligence to name a few.You may view the prayer intentions for 2020 below, and...
Photo credit: Servizio Fotografico - Vatican Media
On Ash Wednesday, 6 March 2019, 16 pilgrims, who were taking part in the 3rd LGBT+ Catholics Westminster Pilgrimage to Rome, had privileged seats at the morning Papal Audience in St Peter's Square. At the end of the General Audience the group, which included parents and family members alongside LGBT Catholics with Pilgrimage Chaplain, Fr David Stewart SJ, was invited to meet Pope Francis.The Pilgrimage Leader, Martin Pendergast, a member of the LGBT+ Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council,...
During the Sunday Angelus prayer in St Peter's Square, Pope Francis unveiled his very own user profile in Click To Pray, the official app of the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network (former Apostleship of Prayer), including its youth branch, the Eucharistic Youth Movement (EYM).The launch was carried out as part of the presentation of the official message for the 53rd World Communications Day, which has the motto: “We are members one of another” (Eph 4:25): “the theme underlines the importance of...
Pope Francis always tries to meet with local Jesuits wherever his pastoral visits take him in the world. Travelling with him is Fr Antonio Spadaro, Editor in Chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, who records and transcribes the conversation for the pope.These ‘conversations’ have always been published on the English edition of the website. La Civiltà Cattolica has now brought the talks together in a single digital edition entitled Pope Francis: Fraternal and Spontaneous, launching in this way the...

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