Category Archives: human ecology

Cardinal Pell backs Laudato Si’ (but you may not guess it from the headlines)

[Austen Ivereigh] Because financial reports are not, generally, newsworthy, it was inevitable that Cardinal George Pell’s brief remarks on Pope Francis’s ecology encyclical last week in an interview on Vatican finances should have dominated headlines, many of which are claiming … Continue reading

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Francis in Ecuador gives key lessons on mission, unity and ecology

[Austen Ivereigh] Pope Francis’s second and final day in Ecuador offered a chance to outline a new future for Latin America and a better world order as he linked mission to unity and called for a new awareness of the planet … Continue reading

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A Guide to the Family Synod, Part III: ‘The Gospel of the Family’

[The third in a series by Elizabeth Howard considering the questions that have been put to the world’s bishops’ conferences in the run-up to the Synod of Bishops in October. The previous posts are here and here.] Part II of the discussion document or Lineamenta is … Continue reading

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Pope Francis address to European Parliament at Strasbourg

Mr President and Vice Presidents, Members of the European Parliament, All associated with the work of this Institution, Dear Friends, I thank you for inviting me to address this institution which is fundamental to the life of the European Union, … Continue reading

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In full: Lord Sacks speech that brought Vatican conference to its feet

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome] Among many speeches yesterday following Pope Francis’s address to the Humanum colloquium on complementarity, that of Lord Jonathan Sacks, the former Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom, was the standout, bringing the audience of 300 in … Continue reading

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Pope Francis to Humanum conference: family crisis is ‘ecological’

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome] The breakdown of marriage and family under the weight of a “culture of the provisional” has led to an “ecological” crisis in society, Pope Francis today told participants in an international Vatican conference this morning. He … Continue reading

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Extraordinary Synod final report: English translation of the relatio synodi

What follows is the official English translation of the Relatio Synodi, the concluding report of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops, which was voted on by 183 synod fathers at the conclusion of the meeting in Rome on 19 October. Also published, … Continue reading

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Text of Pope Francis’ address to diplomats, 22 March 2013

Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Heartfelt thanks to your Dean, Ambassador Jean-Claude Michel, for the kind words that he has addressed to me in the name of everyone present. It gives me joy to welcome you for this exchange of … Continue reading

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Text of Pope Francis Inauguration Mass homily

[This is the text of the homily given by Pope Francis at the Mass for the inauguration of his pontificate, 19 March 2013] Dear Brothers and Sisters, I thank the Lord that I can celebrate this Holy Mass for the … Continue reading

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