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Fr Augusto Zampini-Davies, who is currently leading the Vatican's post-COVID19 task force, has said that the people of God are not going to wait for political leaders to make the changes the world needs, but 'are going to move it forward ourselves'.In the latest talk in the series Lockdowns from Lauriston to an online audience of more than 1,000 people, Zampini-Davies said Pope Francis had asked the task force to “prepare the future”, and not simply to react to future problems. "We are called...
Following the decision by Jesuits in Britain to divest from fossil fuels, Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano has held up British Jesuits as an example of an effective commitment to combating climate change, which it calls “the most urgent challenge” we face.The daily newspaper of Vatican City State quotes Fr Damian Howard SJ, the provincial superior of Jesuits in Britain: “Climate change is the most pressing challenge the world faces as climate disasters wreak more and more destruction,...
Fr Doyle
Bravery Under Fire, a docudrama feature on the life of Irish WWI Jesuit chaplain Fr Willie Doyle, will have a special screening in the Vatican on 12th October to an invited audience of senior clergy and Catholic leaders.The film, directed by Co Down Director Campbell Miller, is the story of Fr Willie Doyle SJ, a WWI chaplain from Dublin who served and died ministering to the fallen in 1917 in Ypres, Belgium.Fr Doyle SJ served with the British Army in Passchendaele, ministering to soldiers of...
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...

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