Posts Tagged ‘Pope Francis’

Wonder and wit: Five years of Pope Francis Comments 0

Thursday, March 15th, 2018
Pope Francis at five

A native-Spanish speaker who grew up with Italian-speaking relatives in Argentina, Pope Francis at five years has a striking way with words. Bringing a background in literary themes and devices with him to the papacy five years ago, the pope has shown himself to be a master of metaphor and allegory. His cross-cultural and eclectic Read more

Francis’ paradigm shift: mercy migrants marriage Comments 0

Thursday, March 15th, 2018
mercy migrants marriage

Whenever Pope Francis visits prisons, during his whirlwind trips to the world’s peripheries or at a nearby jailhouse in Rome, he always tells inmates that he, too, could have ended up behind bars: “Why you and not me?” he asks. That humble empathy and the ease with which he walks in others’ shoes have won Read more

Pope Francis first five years, how successful? Comments 0

Thursday, March 15th, 2018
Pope Francis

As he enters the sixth year of his pontificate, Pope Francis is in good health, good spirits and sustained by that inner peace that came to him during the conclave and has never left him, according to sources close to the 265th successor of Peter. Many commentators around the world have sought to produce a Read more

The two popes: continuity exists between their pontificates Comments 0

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has rejected ideas that there is no continuity between his pontificate and that of Pope Francis. There is an “inner continuity” between his pontificate and Francis’s, Benedict says in a letter published by Mgr Dario Edoardo Viganò, prefect of the Secretariat for Communication. The letter also says Francis is a “man Read more

World-leading ecumenical champion dies Comments 0

Monday, March 12th, 2018

A German cardinal known internationally for his ecumenical work died on Sunday. Cardinal Karl Lehmann, Archbishop Emeritus of Mainz, was a world leader in building bridges of understanding, reconciliation and dialogue. He played a leading role in advancing the Catholic Church’s ecumenical dialogue, especially with Lutherans and Evangelicals. German Bishops’ Conference chair, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Read more

Pope’s popularity faces rising conservative opposition Comments 0

Monday, March 12th, 2018

The Pope’s popularity is dropping in the United States while conservative opposition to his papacy is rising, according to a Pew Research Centre survey. The January survey canvassed 1,503 Americans. Twenty percent of those surveyed are Catholic. The survey found a third of respondents think Pope Francis is “too liberal” while one-quarter considered him “too Read more

Pope must develop a credible strategy to include women Comments 0

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Ireland’s former president wants Pope Francis to develop a credible strategy to include women at every level in the Catholic Church’s global structure. Mary McAleese says women’s exclusion from decision-making roles “has left the church flapping about awkwardly on one wing.” Read more Related Posts:Vatican bans Mary McAleese from women’s day conferenceMore youth, women needed Read more

New saints including Blessed Pope Paul VI to be canonised Comments 0

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Blessed Pope Paul VI will be canonised a saint in October. The ceremony will take place at the end of the Synod of Bishops on youth and discernment, Cardinal Pietro Parolin says. The cardinals and bishops who are members of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes have voted to recognise a miracle where Blessed Paul healed Read more

PNG Earthquake: More die in powerful aftershock – Pope Francis sends his condolences Comments 0

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

More than 100 people were killed in a magnitude 7.5 earthquake that struck Papua New Guinea on February 26. The exact toll from a magnitude 6.7 aftershock that followed just after midnight on Wednesday 7 March is unknown but at least 18 people are said to have died or been injured. On Tuesday Pope Francis Read more

Sexual abuse commission: working time with Pope needed Comments 0

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Pope Francis’s clergy sexual abuse commission could be more effective in protecting children if the group were granted more time to work directly with him. It also needs resources to hold more in-person meetings each year, a former member says. Read more Related Posts:Restructure of Pope’s clergy abuse commission…Marie Collins shocked at Kilgallon’s omissionVatican resolving Read more