Pope Francis

Pope Francis has prayed with Muslim clerics and spent time in “silent adoration” in a Turkish mosque. He then went on to describe the richness, variety and diversity of different Christian traditions in the quest for unity.The Pope was on a visit to Turkey which started with the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan saying that Islamophobia was a serious problem in the West and that Islam must not be confused with terrorism. In an act reminiscent of Pope Benedict’s...
Pope Francis has stressed the cura personalis – the care of the ‘whole person’ – in his address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg. In the realms of technology, education, work and politics, he told parliamentarians that they had a responsibility to respect and support individuals. “Upholding the dignity of the person means ... acknowledging the value of human life, which is freely given us and hence cannot be an object of trade or commerce,” he said....
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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...
Jesuit parishes in the Archdiocese of Westminster have heard Cardinal Vincent Nichols' first-hand reflection on the Synod on the Family. In a pastoral letter read out at all Masses in the diocese, he called his participation a privilege, saying he found it “a rich and moving experience”.In addition to the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Farm Street, Mayfair, the Jesuits serve St Ignatius parish in Stamford Hill and St Anselm’s in Southall. Parishioners at these...
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...
Christ the Redeemer statue, Rio de Janeiro
The primary reason for evangelising is the love of Jesus which we have received, the experience of salvation which urges us to ever greater love of him.  So says Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium; “what kind of love would not feel the need to speak of the beloved, to point him out, to make him known? If we do not feel an intense desire to share this love, we need to pray insistently that he will once more touch our hearts."“Christ’s resurrection is not an event of...
A biography of Pope Paul VI – who is due to be beatified by Pope Francis this weekend – has been reissued by the Catholic Truth Society. Originally published in 2008, it was written by British Jesuit, Fr Anthony Symondson SJ. Pope Francis will beatify Pope Paul VI during the closing Mass of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family in Rome on Sunday.Giovanni Battista Montini was born in 1897 in the northern Italian province of Brescia and was ordained to the priesthood in...
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...

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