Monthly Archives: July 2016

Francis connects with Poles through their experience of God’s mercy

God chose to manifest his power not by amazing feats of greatness but rather through small acts of humility, choosing to enter the world as a child born of a woman, Pope Francis this morning told a congregation of at … Continue reading

Posted in Poland, Pope Francis homily, World Youth Day 2016

Fear will not lead us to put bodyguards at our church doors

[Caroline Farrow] The response of the wider world to the abominable murder of Father Jacques Hamel has been in many ways encouraging. As a society, we can still be horrified by the senseless and violent death of a priest. The fact that it … Continue reading

Posted in UK Church

Francis arrives in Poland, challenges government over immigration

Pope Francis has arrived in Poland at the start of a five-day trip to join the 31st World Youth Day. In the flight from Rome, which touched down just before 4pm local time, the Pope referred to the crisis of violence … Continue reading

Posted in Pope Francis address, World Youth Day 2016

Bishops counter Rouen murder with promise to build ‘civilization of love’

[Austen Ivereigh] Catholic church leaders have reacted to the slaying by Islamists of an elderly French priest yesterday morning with a call to resist feelings of vengeance and hatred and to help build a civilization of love. The peculiar horror … Continue reading

Posted in France, terrorist attacks

The festival of mercy in Krakow that gives faith a fresh start

[Austen Ivereigh] World Youth Day, which begins officially this afternoon in Kraków, Poland, is an extraordinary phenomenon of the modern Church: not just an exuberant, global celebration of Catholic faith, but a powerful experience of the inter-connectedness of the Body of Christ worldwide. In his … Continue reading

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Statement by Archbishop of Rouen in response to killing of Fr Hamel

  Statement by the Archbishop of Rouen following the brutal killing of an 84-year old French priest this morning (see Crux for story): From Krakow, I have learned about the killings this morning in the Church of Saint-Etienne du Rouvray. There were three … Continue reading

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MPs call for greater protection for anti-abortion doctors

[Austen Ivereigh] Doctors and nurses who refuse to take part in abortions are facing increasing hostility and often find their career prospects harmed, a UK parliamentary inquiry has found. In their report,  ‘Freedom of Conscience in Abortion Provision’, parliamentarians led by Fiona Bruce … Continue reading

Posted in abortion