Category Archives: Pope Francis

Collins’s resignation doesn’t mean pope’s anti-abuse body is not working

[Austen Ivereigh in Rome] The resignation of the Irish abuse survivor, Marie Collins, from the Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors (see statements below), is doubtless a major blow to the perception of the pope’s commitment to creating a safeguarding … Continue reading

Posted in abuse, Pope Francis, Vatican reform

Pope to ambassadors: Peace is built on culture of mercy

[What follows is full text of Pope Francis’s speech today to ambassadors accredited to the Holy See. The annual address is considered the most important foreign-policy address by the pope, and offers a state-of-the-world diagnosis. Although his strong words against … Continue reading

Posted in Holy See diplomacy, Pope Francis, Pope Francis address

Pope Francis lays out principles and achievements of Vatican reform

[Austen Ivereigh] Pope Francis has today laid out a series of criteria for reforming the Roman Curia, calling for a conversion of minds and hearts and warning that while some criticism of the reform is healthy, some of it is ill-willed. … Continue reading

Posted in Pope Francis, Uncategorized, Vatican reform

How a restless reforming pope can help heal Reformation rift

[Austen Ivereigh] When, on this day 499 years ago, a small-town Augustinian friar lecturing in a start-up college in provincial Germany posted dozens of arguments on the door of a castle church, he offered a prime example of what scientists call “the … Continue reading

Posted in Christian unity, Pope Francis, Sweden

When Canterbury and Rome meet in a common mission

[Austen Ivereigh] In the history of this pontificate, October 2016 may come to be seen as the focal point of Christian unity initiatives — beginning with the Orthodox and ending with the Protestants, with the Anglicans (appropriately) sandwiched between the two. … Continue reading

Posted in Anglicans/CofE, Christian unity, Pope Francis

Francis blasts gender theory but urges pastoral care for trans people

[Austen Ivereigh] Jesus would welcome and walk with transgender people even if they undergo sex-change operations, but ‘gender theory’ is a form of indoctrination that should be resisted, Pope Francis said on the papal flight last night from Azerbaijan. He was … Continue reading

Posted in gender, Pope Francis, transgender issue

Francis warns journalists against libel and fear-mongering

[Austen Ivereigh] Journalism should never stoke social fears over forced migration nor destroy people’s lives through defamatory claims, Pope Francis said today, as he suggested three points for media to reflect on. “Few professions have as much influence on society … Continue reading

Posted in migration/refugees, peace & reconciliation, Pope Francis, Pope Francis address