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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...
With the arrival of February and the approach of Ash Wednesday and Lent, Pope Francis has once again asked us to pray with him about a matter of grave concern in our contemporary world. Anxious about the pandemic, and rightly concerned about the just sharing of the new life-saving vaccines with the world’s poorest, we might forget this continuing epidemic, of violence against women, to which there has so far been no effective inoculation.Now the Pope asks us to become, no less, the...
An online symposium exploring questions of land use, land rights and rural transition for indigenous peoples in dialogue with Pope Francis' encyclical Fratelli Tutti.Modern life consists in an encounter between the local and the global. In his recent encyclical Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis set forth his vision for this encounter. “We need to pay attention to the global so as to avoid narrowness and banality”, he writes. And yet, “we also need to look to the local, which keeps our feet on...
BEGIN THE YEAR with a PRAYER FOR FULL FELLOWSHIPA greater sense of human solidarity has grown among us, as we ended a dreadful year, yet it wasn’t universal. The longed-for advent of viable vaccines was accompanied by rich nations buying up huge stocks, leaving Majority World nations struggling. Some people appeared to relegate the common good to second place if their own comfort was affected by COVID mitigations. Pope Francis has chosen to highlight human fraternity for the first intention of...
This month, so many of us continue our fervent prayer for all of humanity, as the whole world continues to suffer from the pandemic, yet we keep in our prayer another concern that will affect us all, now and in the generations that follow us. Pope Francis asks us to pray with him “that the progress of robotics and artificial intelligence may always serve humankind”.When we respond to the Pope’s monthly pleas to pray with him about a specific intention, we commit ourselves to praying with him...
Pope Francis’ third encyclical ‘poses an incremental expansion of the tradition of Catholic Social Teaching which carefully lays bare its logic and gently radicalises some of its implications’, writes Damian Howard SJ. In Fratelli tutti, how does the pope respond to a confused and troubled world which is struggling to articulate a vision for its future, with a gospel-centred narrative which is both practical and ambitious?Catholic Social Teaching just keeps coming these days. That should...
Beginning October, the month of Mary, a new Rosary e-book has been released to pray in times of pandemic and illness. The Crisis & Health Rosary can be downloaded for free as an eBook in EPUB, MOBI or PDF format from the website www.popesprayer.va. And it will soon be available on Amazon Kindle and Google Play Books.(Vatican City, October 1st) – On the feast of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, patron saint of missionaries, a new Rosary has come out inviting everyone to pray for all those who were...
The Prayer Intention for October, offered to the whole church by Pope Francis through his worldwide prayer network, concerns “The Laity’s Mission in the Church”. He invites us to pray with him that “by the virtue of baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church”.We know well that each of us, as a baptised person, is empowered for mission through the Sacraments of Initiation - Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Our word, “mission”, derives...
PRAYING WITH THE POPE IN AUGUST – FOR THOSE AT SEA.This most extraordinary year of pain and suffering continues into the late summer, in this hemisphere, extraordinary in many ways but not least that its global pandemic is affecting, almost certainly, every single human on the face of the earth. It makes you think of that powerful contemplation of St.Ignatius Loyola, in the Spiritual Exercises, in which he invites you to imagine how the Blessed Trinity gazes timelessly down on the whole globe,...
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...

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