Posts Tagged ‘Pope Francis’

Our next pope “won’t be able to go back” on Francis’ reforms Comments 0

Thursday, August 6th, 2020

The next pope won’t be able to ignore “seeds” planted by Pope Francis, according to the editor of the semi-official Vatican journal La Civiltà Cattolica. Fr Antonio Spadaro SJ who is a confidant of Francis, told Herder Correspondenz magazine that whoever the next pope is, “He will continue to move forward.” Spadaro – both Jesuit Read more

Pope Francis called on politicians to create jobs so that economies can relaunch Comments 0

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

Pope Francis called on politicians to create jobs so that economies can relaunch from the lockdowns imposed to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The pope, speaking after the traditional Sunday blessing, said that “without work, families and society cannot go forward. Let us pray for this, because this will be a problem in the post-pandemic period, Read more

Pope’s lockdown sermons published Comments 0

Monday, July 27th, 2020

A collection of Pope Francis’s lockdown sermons, prayers and other messages has been published by the Vatican. “Strong in the Face of Tribulation: The Church in Communion – A Sure Support in Time of Trial,” also includes resources for times when physical access to the sacraments is not possible, plus other Church blessings and prayers. Read more

Vatican’s new document on parishes has critics Comments 0

Monday, July 27th, 2020

The Vatican’s new document on “the pastoral conversion of the parish community at the service of the Church’s evangelizing mission” has not been well-received by all. The new document, an instruction rather than law, deals with the theme of the pastoral care of parish communities. It’s focus is on what parish communities mean to the Read more

Vatican publishes global manual to protect minors from predators Comments 0

Monday, July 20th, 2020

A manual to protect minors from predatory clergy has been published by the Vatican. Targeted at bishops and religious superiors conducting in-house investigations into allegations of priests who rape and molest minors and vulnerable adults, the long-awaited publication offers advice about how to handle cases of clergy sex crimes. “These documents constitute an ‘instrument’ intended Read more

Several bishops needed, 30% say “no” Comments 0

Thursday, July 16th, 2020

Several new bishops will be appointed in France over the next year and a half as by the end of next year, 15 bishops will have already reached retirement age of 75. Others may ask to be relieved of their duties for health reasons. There are currently four dioceses in France that are without a Read more

Cardinal Dolan sends Next Pope book to cardinals Comments 0

Thursday, July 16th, 2020

A newly-released book, The Next Pope: The Office of Peter and a Church in Mission, is about desirable qualities in a future pope. Copies of George Weigel’s book have been sent to all 222 cardinals across the globe, courtesy of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan. In doing so, he broke with a longstanding practice that Read more

Isolated Pope Francis faces yet another setback in pandemic Comments 0

Monday, July 13th, 2020

The world-wide restrictions on public events to deal with the coronavirus pandemic are the latest blow to Pope Francis, whose pontificate has been struggling in recent years to sustain the progressive hopes that the Argentine raised early in his reign. The pandemic has hindered Pope Francis’ ability to communicate his teachings and promote his causes, Read more

Pope Francis expresses sadness after Hagia Sophia is declared a mosque Comments 0

Monday, July 13th, 2020

Pope Francis expressed his sadness Sunday after Turkey’s decision to convert the former Byzantine cathedral of Hagia Sophia back into a mosque. In improvised remarks after reciting the Angelus, the pope recalled that July 12 is Sea Sunday, when the worldwide Church prays for seafarers. “And the sea carries me a little farther away in Read more

Prominent lay Catholics publish new manifesto for changing Church Comments 0

Thursday, July 9th, 2020

Several prominent lay Catholics in France have issued a new manifesto for change in the Church. Called “Transformer l’Église catholique” (“Changing the Catholic Church”) the 11-member group’s 56-page e-book seeks to answer the question: “What kind of Church would we like to see emerge from the ‘great trial’ we are going through?” The book’s subtitle Read more