Monthly Archives: August 2016

Mercy drives out fear, Pope tells Latin-American Church as Colombia signs historic peace accord

Pope Francis has used the longest video message of his pontificate to urge the Church of the Americas to show mercy in its pastoral care and to relieve the sufferings of a “wounded” people. The message to a major gathering of … Continue reading

Posted in mercy, peace & reconciliation

Pope urges Jesuits to teach discernment in seminaries to counter rigidity

[Austen Ivereigh] Too much seminary formation is too rigid to allow for the development of priests who can genuinely walk with young people in their real-life situations, Pope Francis told Jesuits at a private meeting during World Youth Day in Krakow. … Continue reading

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Pope names Dallas bishop to new dicastery for family and laity

Pope Francis has formally established the new Vatican mega-body responsible for family, lay people and life issues, appointing the current Bishop of Dallas, Irish-born Kevin Farrell, as its head (see Crux report and analysis here and here). In Sedula Mater, the formal decree … Continue reading

Posted in Vatican reform

Next synod could focus on ordaining married men

[Austen Ivereigh] After the bruising but fruitful experience of the synod on the family, one thing is clear: Francis has created an instrument of discernment that is capable of wrestling with big issues in the contemporary Church. The reformed synod … Continue reading

Posted in priesthood, Synod

The bishop who pitched his sleeping bag among us

[Brenden Thompson] Alan Williams, the Bishop of Brentwood, was one of just a handful of bishops who joined the 2.5m young pilgrims camping outside for a candle-lit vigil at the end of World Youth Day in Krakow. Not only did … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’s six-fold response to jihadist terror

[Austen Ivereigh] It is clear that the Islamic world is in a major crisis over the relationship of religion to politics, one comparable, in its way, to the European Wars of Religion in the seventeenth century that were eventually resolved … Continue reading

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Francis quotes Benedict on gender ideology: ‘This is the era of sin against God the Creator’

The Vatican yesterday released the transcript in Italian and Polish of Pope Francis’s closed-door meeting with the Polish bishops after he arrived in Krakow last week. The four questions and his lengthy answers contain many interesting points, including an insistence on the … Continue reading

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