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Almost a million people attended Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in Nu Guazu Park, Asuncion in Paraguay, at the end of his seven-day visit to South America. The crowd included tens of thousands from Francis’s homeland, Argentina – among them President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Tarasios of Buenos Aires. Earlier, the Holy Father visited a slum area on the outskirts of Asuncion which is home to some 1500 families.Prayers during the papal Mass were said in...
Pope Francis’s visit to South America started with a meeting with the hierarchy of Ecuador, in Bicentennial Park in Quito. After he had been greeted by the President of the Ecuadorian Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Fausto Gabriel Travez OFM, the Pope spoke with the bishops before presiding at Mass with a congregation of more 1.5 million people and 1,200 priests.In his homily, the Pope spoke about liberation: liberation from social inequality and sin, the need for inclusion at all levels and...
Ryan O’Neill from Merthyr Tydfil will be tracing the steps of Pope Francis in South America, having won the Pope Francis Young People Award. Ryan, a psychiatric nursing student who works in his free time supporting and inspiring other young people, was selecting from hundreds of young people nominated for the Awards which were hosted by Baroness Hollins in Leicester Square last week.Hundreds of young people, youth workers and teachers, family and friends gathered to celebrate the inspirational...
Pope Francis will today lunch with the Jesuit community at Colegio Javier in Guayaquil, Ecuador, the first of three countries he will visit on his seven days in South America, along with Bolivia and Paraguay. He will then fly to Quito where he will pay a courtesy visit to President Rafael Correa before visiting the Cathedral.The Pope was welcomed at Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito yesterday (Sunday). He was greeted by a youth orchestra and local dignitaries, and said that he was “...
Young people, migrants and peace were among the themes addressed by Pope Francis on his visit to Turin. Addressing a crowd estimated at 100,000 in the northern Italian city, he reflected on the example of St John Bosco (also known as Don Bosco), whose bicentenary is being celebrated this year, saying that people should “be joyful, evangelise through education, and offer hope through love and compassion”.While many had focused on the Pope’s veneration of the Shroud of Turin during his two-day...
"This home of ours is being ruined and that damages everyone, especially the poor," Pope Francis said at his weekly general audience yesterday, the day before his encyclical Laudato Si was published. "Mine is an appeal for responsibility ... I ask everyone to receive this document with an open spirit".The encyclical was launched at a press conference in the Vatican this morning. Among those who gave presentations was Cardinal Peter Turkson, the President of the Pontifical Council for Justice...
Scores of Jesuit Missions supporters were among the thousands who took part in yesterday’s Climate Coalition rally in Westminster. They were joined by students and staff from Jesuit schools, as well as Jesuits from Britain and overseas. Jesuit Missions is one of 100 organisations that make up the Climate Coalition, which is raising concerns over the threat posed by climate change and highlighting its impact on the world’s poorest communities.Addressing the campaigners in Farm Street Church Hall...
Laudato si’ has been billed by many as Pope Francis’ intervention in the climate change debate, but it is so much more than that, says Damian Howard SJ. In this detailed analysis of the Pope’s first encyclical, he sets the text in its cultural and political context, and asks how it fits into the tradition of Catholic Social Teaching. How does this ‘exciting new synthesis’ of Catholic theology and the ecological movement have the potential to change our civilisation? Pope Francis’ long-...
Pope Francis
Laudato si’ has been billed by many as Pope Francis’ intervention in the climate change debate, but it is so much more than that, says Damian Howard SJ. In this detailed analysis of the Pope’s first encyclical, he sets the text in its cultural and political context, and asks how it fits into the tradition of Catholic Social Teaching. How does this ‘exciting new synthesis’ of Catholic theology and the ecological movement have the potential to change our civilisation...
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The world meeting of grassroots movements ‘is a sign, a great sign’, Pope Francis declared when receiving their representatives in the Vatican on 28 October 2014. What do the expressions ‘popular or grassroots movements’ mean? Where did the idea of inviting them to the Vatican come from, and how did the meeting unfold? But most of all: what does this sign tell us about the direction that Pope Francis is proposing for the Church and the world? Michael Czerny SJ of the...

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