Monthly Archives: September 2015

Francis’s offers Cuba new role as model of ‘culture of encounter’

[Austen Ivereigh in Havana] In a speech rich in powerful, if sometimes coded, messages, Pope Francis has arrived in Cuba urging the island along the path of reconciliation, while emphasizing the its nationalist, Christian, roots. As he did in his book on Pope John … Continue reading

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An American odyssey: Pope Francis crosses the Atlantic to build new bridges

[From Austen Ivereigh in Havana] This afternoon (close to midnight UK time) Pope Francis arrives here  on his tenth apostolic voyage — by far the longest and most complex yet, one that includes three days in Cuba followed by four … Continue reading

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Pope Francis sends video message to Cubans in advance of arrival tomorrow

There are only a few days remaining before my trip to Cuba. For this reason, I wish to send a fraternal greeting before we meet in person. I will visit you to share faith and hope, so that we can … Continue reading

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Parliament roundly rejects assisted suicide

The Bill to legalise assisted suicide was lost by a vote of 330 to 118, a massive majority. More than 85 MPs spoke in the debate. Speaking afterwards, Fiona Bruce MP said: Parliament has made its voice clearly heard today, as MPs … Continue reading

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Resisting assisted suicide

Tomorrow the UK Parliament debates  a Bill tabled by the MP Robert Marris to legalise assisted suicide. The following is an excerpt from the new edition of a book by UK and US Catholic Voices coordinators Austen Ivereigh and Kathryn Jean Lopez called … Continue reading

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Catholic bishops of EU call for joint response to the refugee challenge

The following is a statement of the Standing Committee of COMECE, the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community, on the current refugee crisis and the debate on a common European migration and asylum policy. COMECE is made up … Continue reading

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Statement on refugees by the Catholic bishops of England and Wales

The following statement was made today on behalf of the Catholic bishops’ conference of England and Wales: Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me (Mt 25:40)’ At last Sunday’s Angelus, Pope Francis invited … Continue reading

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