Monthly Archives: August 2016

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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The problem with nuclear weapons is not just Trump

[Austen Ivereigh] “A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons,” was Hillary Clinton’s swipe at Trump in her speech to the Democratic Convention. She went on to quote Jackie Kennedy: … Continue reading

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Francis refuses to label Islam as violent, says Muslims seek peace

[Austen Ivereigh] There are violent people and fundamentalists in all religions, it is not fair to identify Islam with violence, and terrorists are often jobless Europeans in a society that no longer teaches ideals, Pope Francis told reporters on last … Continue reading

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