Monthly Archives: July 2013

What the Pope said about gay people on the flight back from Rio

Given the media attention attached to Pope Francis’s remarks regarding homosexuality on the papal plane last night, in the course of a wide-ranging interview with journalists lasting 1 hour and 22 minutes (see John Allen and CNS; also this 6 mins video … Continue reading

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Postcard from Rio 7: while speaking to Brazil’s heart, Francis issues challenges

(From Austen Ivereigh in Rio de Janeiro) “The Pope alone saves” is O Globo’s witty headline today over a story of Francis wowing Brazil during a WYD which has had serious organisation failures — but not enough to dampen pilgrims’spirits. … Continue reading

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Postcard from Rio 6: Pilgrims’ faith proves ‘stronger than the rain’ as Francis models a Church that stands with the poor

(From Austen Ivereigh in Rio de Janeiro) The big news here is that, after it rained ceaselessly yesterday during Pope Francis’ visit to a poor neighbourhood and again during last night’s million-strong ‘meeting’ with the pilgrims on Copacabana beach, the … Continue reading

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Postcard from Rio 5: Francis among the addicts

(From Austen Ivereigh in Rio de Janeiro) Drugs are one of Latin America’s greatest social scourges: they destroy the lives of addicts, corrupt public authorities, and in many cases – Mexico being the most obvious example – pose a threat … Continue reading

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Postcard from Rio 4: Francis in Aparecida lays out attitudes necessary for mission

(From Austen Ivereigh in Rio de Janeiro) Celebrating his first public Mass in Brazil, Pope Francis today went to the Basilica of Our Lady of Aparecida, a remote spot 150 miles south of Rio de Janeiro where in 1717 a … Continue reading

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Postcard from Rio 3: Pilgrims brave cold and transport delays to attend opening Mass of WYD

(From Austen Ivereigh in Rio de Janeiro) By definition, pilgrimages – and World Youth Day is, above all, a pilgrimage, not a “jamboree” (the BBC’s word) –involve inconvenience and hardship. To the existential displacement of being in a far-off place … Continue reading

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Postcard from Rio 2: Francis arrives in a Latin whirl of drama and joy

(From Austen Ivereigh in Rio de Janeiro) I’ve covered enough papal trips under Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI to be familiar with the routine. As the press centre fills, the first reports filter out of the Pope’s remarks … Continue reading

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