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

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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

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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

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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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Francis to young people in Krakow: ‘Don’t throw in the towel’

Pope Francis this afternoon was welcomed to World Youth Day by an enormous, enthusiastic crowd of young people in Jordan Park in Krakow. See Crux for report. The prepared text of his address follows. Address of Pope Francis at the Welcome by … Continue reading

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Burying Fr Hamel, archbishop asks: ‘Can the world still wait for the chain of love which will replace the chain of hate?’

The funeral yesterday of Fr Jacques Hamel, the 85-year-old priest slain last week while saying Mass in his Normandy church, was attended by close to 2,000 in Rouen cathedral yesterday, among them around 100 Muslims. Hanging in the entrance was a painting … Continue reading

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Pope Francis sets up body that could clear path to women deacons

[Austen Ivereigh] Pope Francis has set up a commission to look at the question of whether women ever were, and therefore could be again, deacons in the Church. The commission, made up equally of men and women, includes at least one … Continue reading

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