Posts Tagged ‘Pope Francis’

With Tagle to Rome, Francis signals more changes to come in Vatican posts Comments 0

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

As Francis did last month when he appointed a fellow Jesuit, Fr. Juan Guerrero Alves, to take charge at the Secretariat for the Economy, the pope is filling a high-level Vatican post with a known friend and supporter of his reform agenda. And some observers wonder if this is the start of a trend that Read more

The Two Popes: a mixed bag theologically and politically, with bravura performances Comments 0

Monday, December 9th, 2019
The Two Popes

Netflix’s The Two Popes may be best described, borrowing a turn of phrase from Fredric Jameson, as “nostalgia for the present”. Biopic and historical dramas are traditionally reserved for people who are dead, so I felt suspicious about watching a movie about two popes who are alive. It feels premature and slightly reminiscent of Barack Read more

Today’s populism mirrors WW2 ideologies, warns pope Comments 0

Monday, December 9th, 2019

Pope Francis has issued a stark warning about the dangers of populism in today’s world. Speaking off script to staff and members of a Jesuit magazine “Aggiornamenti Sociali” (“Social Updates”), Francis said ignoring the reality lived by men and women today has caused a resurgence of old ideologies that inevitably do more harm than good. Read more

Robert Redford meets Pope Francis at weekly general audience Comments 0

Monday, December 9th, 2019

Famed actor Robert Redford waited patiently outside the Vatican on Wednesday for the chance to briefly exchange personal words with Pope Francis. Redford and his wife, German artist Sibylle Szaggars, were spotted in the general audience for the weekly Papal Mass in St. Peter’s Square. The pope, 82, and Redford, 83, clasped hands as Redford Read more

Pope Francis gets a new popemobile Comments 0

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

Groupe Renault gifted Pope Francis a Dacia Duster 4×4 “modified specifically for the mobility needs of the Sovereign Pontiff,” to use as a popemobile. The adapted version has five seats and a “particularly comfortable” rear bench, a large sunroof, roof-mounted grab handles and a removable glass superstructure. The popemobile suspension has been lowered by 30mm to Read more

French cardinal bewildered by sex abuse conviction Comments 0

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

French cardinal Philippe Barbarin says he does not understand why he was found guilty of covering up a priest’s sexual abuse of children. In March this year the Lyon court ruled that Barbarin, “in wanting to avoid scandal caused by the facts of multiple sexual abuses committed by a priest … preferred to take the Read more

Manger relic returned to Bethlehem for Christmas Comments 0

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Pope Francis has returned a fragment of wood believed to have formed part of Jesus’s manger to Bethlehem after about 1,400 years in Europe. The relic has most recently been at Rome’s Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. It is said “a very large number of pilgrims from all over the world” went to the Basilica Read more

Pope appoints new head financial watchdog Comments 0

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Pope Francis, Thursday, appointed Carmelo Barbagallo as president of the Vatican’s financial watchdog, the Financial Information Authority (AIF). Barbagallo, 63 is an auditor and Italian banking consultant in the areas of banking, financial supervision and Single Supervisory Mechanism. Previously he was head of the banking and financial supervision department of the Bank of Italy. “I Read more

Papal encyclical on nonviolence on the cards Comments 0

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

Pope Francis says he is considering working on an encyclical letter on nonviolence. He discussed the possibility with reporters during his return flight to Rome after his week-long trip to Thailand and Japan. “The plan exists, but the next pope will do it.” The encyclical is one of many “projects in the drawer” that are Read more

Four new appointments to Pontifical Council for Culture, all women Comments 0

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

Pope Francis has made four new appointments to the Pontifical Council for Culture. All are women. Sr Dominica Dipio, MSMMC, professor of literature at the Makerere University of Kampala, Uganda; Sr Mariella Mascitelli, PDDM, an architect specialising in architecture and art for the liturgy, Italy; Maud de Beauchesne-Cassanet, head of the Department of Religious Art Read more