Monthly Archives: January 2016

In message for Lent, Francis urges world to learn meaning of ‘mercy, not sacrifice’

Pope Francis’s message for Lent 2016, a meditation on Jesus’s words “I desire mercy, not sacrifice” (Mt 9:13), invites the world to “overcome our existential alienation by listening to God’s word and by practising the works of mercy”, above all … Continue reading

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When institutions collude, the rot spreads. Lessons from ‘Spotlight’

[Aaron Taylor] In a scene near the beginning of Spotlight – the highly-praised movie about The Boston Globe’s exposure of clerical sex abuse that comes out in UK cinemas next week – the new editor Marty Baron is invited to visit Cardinal Bernard Law. It was the … Continue reading

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Pope restores an older tradition: Easter feet-washing to include women

[Austen Ivereigh] Pope Francis has changed the rubrics of the Roman Missal to make clear that the traditional foot-washing ritual by priests at the start of Easter can include women and girls, not just men and boys. The Church around the … Continue reading

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Pope to Davos: don’t let the poor pay the price of the ‘fourth industrial revolution’

Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Vatican’s Justice and Peace Council, yesterday afternoon read a letter from Pope Francis addressed to the president of the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland. The theme of the meeting is “Mastering the … Continue reading

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The challenge of migrants, the response of mercy: Pope Francis’s message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees

[Austen Ivereigh] Migrants should not be viewed merely in juridical terms  — ‘legal’ or ‘illegal’  — but as people whose dignity needs to be protected and who make a positive contribution to the countries that receive them, says Pope Francis in his message … Continue reading

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Francis calls for Europe to preserve its values by welcoming migrants

[Austen Ivereigh] The arrival of unprecedented numbers of refugees fleeing poverty and violence is testing its postwar settlement, but Europe must guard against losing the values and principles the world rightly looks to, Pope Francis said this morning in his annual speech to diplomats. Addressing … Continue reading

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The Pope at Epiphany: the Church’s mission is to reflect God’s light

Pope Francis homily at today’s Mass for the Feast of the Epiphany, St Peter’s The words of the Prophet Isaiah – addressed to the Holy City of Jerusalem – are also meant for us.  They call us to rise and … Continue reading

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What to expect in 2016: the top ten predictable church stories

[Austen Ivereigh] While it’s impossible to predict most of what will happen in 2016 — not least because Pope Francis likes to improvise — some of the main Catholic stories this year are already in the diary. These are my ‘top ten’ … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’s New Year message: see how the ‘ocean’ of mercy drowns the ‘torrent’ of misery

[Austen Ivereigh] In two homilies yesterday, Pope Francis opened the New Year with sobering reflections on the state of the world, urging people to look beyond the gloomy headlines to grasp the powerful effect of God’s mercy. Noting how the mystery … Continue reading

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