Monthly Archives: December 2015

Pope Francis’s Christmas message: only God’s mercy can free humanity

[Austen Ivereigh] Against a backdrop of growing terrorist violence, war and persecution across the world, Pope Francis yesterday used his traditional Christmas address “to the city and to the world” to appeal for a new openness to God’s grace of … Continue reading

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MPs tell government: UN should declare ISIS war on Christians is ‘genocide’

The British government should urge the United Nations to declare the jihadist eradication of Syrian and Iraqi minorities to be ‘genocide’,  leading MPs have told David Cameron (BBC report here). Their letter, whose 75 signatories are led by two Catholic MPs, Lord Alton of Liverpool and … Continue reading

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Pope presents Curia with list of virtues to counter temptations

[Austen Ivereigh] Ending a year in which his attempts to reform the Vatican have met stubborn, sometimes ferocious, resistance, Pope Francis used his third Christmas staff address to lay out a detailed list of “antibiotics” to counter the “diseases” he identified in … Continue reading

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Synod Final Report: official English translation

At last: the official Vatican English translation of the Final Report of the Synod on the Family, published in Italian on 24 October 2015 (see CV Comment report).  SYNOD OF BISHOPS ________________________________________________ XIV ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY THE VOCATION AND MISSION OF … Continue reading

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Pope Francis welcomes the climate change deal he called and prayed for

[Austen Ivereigh] In his Angelus address yesterday at the Vatican, Pope Francis commended world leaders for the historic eleventh-hour deal in Paris over the weekend that commits them to reduce global warming to less than 2 per cent, with a … Continue reading

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Pope Francis unleashes a year-long ‘revolution of tenderness’

[Austen Ivereigh] With five pushes at the heavy Holy Door of St Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis yesterday inaugurated a year-long drive to rediscover God’s mercy as the Church’s primary offer to humanity, which is key to his strategy for making the … Continue reading

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What you need to know about the Jubilee of Mercy

Wait, what’s with the new format? Isn’t this a departure for CV Comment?  There’s a fair amount to say, and this format makes it more accessible. Call it being merciful. Must you? The basics, please.   This morning, during the Feast … Continue reading

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Fisichella outlines Vatican plans for Year of Mercy

At a press conference this morning, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, who heads the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, gave details of the arrangements being made in Rome for the arrival of pilgrims during the Holy Year of Mercy, which opens … Continue reading

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Pope on flight warns world is ‘on the verge of suicide’ without climate deal

[Austen Ivereigh] Pope Francis yesterday warned that the choice facing the world on climate change was stark, but that he was confident that the United Nations meeting of nations in Paris known as COP21 has the will to take decisive … Continue reading

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