Posts Tagged ‘Pope Francis’

Pope launches global synod on synodality

Monday, October 11th, 2021
Angelus News

Pope Francis, Sunday, officially launched the global synod on synodality. During the synod’s opening Mass at St Peter’s Basilica, Francis urged the Catholic Church to master the “art of encounter.” “Everything changes once we are capable of genuine encounters with [Jesus] and with one another, without formalism or pretense, but simply as we are,” he Read more

Pope jokes his successor will be called John XXIV

Thursday, October 7th, 2021

In a light-hearted quip Pope Francis has suggested his successor may be called  Pope John XXIV. St John XXIII’s feast day is not the day of his death, but October 11, the day he opened Vatican II.  Read more   Related Posts:A mistake to canonise popes like John Paul IISynodality is Pope Francis’ vehicle for Read more

Abuse in France a matter of shame

Thursday, October 7th, 2021

Pope Francis expressed shame and sadness after learning that around 3,000 people (2,000 clergy and 1,000 laypeople) abused some 216,000 children in the Catholic Church in France over the last 70 years. Francis first thoughts were for the victims. It is “with a deep sadness for their wounds and gratitude for their courage in coming Read more

Always together: Pope Francis

Monday, October 4th, 2021
always together

The heart of the Gospel is the proclamation of the Reign of God, in the person of Jesus himself, the Emmanuel, God-Is-With-Us. In him, God brings his project of love for humanity to fulfillment, establishing his lordship over creatures and sowing the seed of divine life in human history, transforming it from within. Certainly the Read more

Pell did not approve of Benedict’s resignation

Thursday, September 30th, 2021
Vatican News

Speaking openly on his views about the three most recent popes and other matters, Australian Cardinal George Pell says he “never really approved” of Pope Benedict’s resignation from the papacy. And, of the three most recent popes, Pell said he was closest to Benedict. His remarks came during “The Church Up Close” a webinar hosted Read more

Pope Francis moves into high gear racing against time and internal opposition

Monday, September 27th, 2021
Pope Francis moves into high gear

Age and illness have not taken the wind out of Pope Francis’ sails. Despite major intestinal surgery last July and his upcoming 85th birthday in December, the Italo-Argentine pope — amazingly! — is showing absolutely no signs that he’s slowing down or planning to close up shop anytime soon. His recent four-day visit to Budapest, Read more

Disrupting hierarchies not enough for women

Monday, September 27th, 2021

In Pope Francis’ vision for the future of the Catholic Church, bishops will no longer make decisions alone but in dialogue and discernment with the faithful in their community. The new, expanded two-year process to prepare for synods will begin in October and promises to flip the power structures in the church. When it comes Read more

Synod’s about listening to the Holy Spirit, not gathering opinions

Monday, September 27th, 2021

Pope Francis says the two-year process leading to the 2023 synod on synodality is not about “gathering opinions,” but “listening to the Holy Spirit.” He repeatedly stressed the Holy Spirit’s role in decision-making. The three-phase synod opens next month with a diocesan phase, which will run until April. A second, continental phase will take place Read more

I’d rather clerics come visit me in jeans – Pope Francis

Monday, September 27th, 2021

Pope Francis told Cardinal Mario Grech that he would rather see clerics in jeans when visiting him, ditching their formal wear. Grech made the comments during an interview on with by Fr Joe Borg. Grech said that after he was raised to the rank of Cardinal, he attended a meeting with Pope Francis and Read more

Catholic Church reform first up for discussion at plenary assembly

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021
National Catholic Reporter

The German bishops’ plenary assembly began on Monday with urgent appeals for Catholic church reform and a reminder to heed admonitions from Pope Francis. Opening the assembly, conference president Bishop Georg Bätzing called on all bishops to embrace radical change. Visible changes are needed soon in the  German Catholic church reform project, he said. These Read more