Posts Tagged ‘Robert Mickens’

Synodality and electing the Bishop of Rome

Monday, June 20th, 2022
electing the pope

“Over new plan to elect pope, 3 cardinals threaten to quit.” That headline appeared in the October 6, 1972 issue of the National Catholic Reporter. “If insiders’ reports are accurate, Pope Paul is faced with a threatened palace revolt over proposed changes in the procedures used to elect a pope,” wrote Desmond O’Grady, the now-deceased Read more

Why Pope Francis could resign

Monday, June 13th, 2022
Pope Francis

The Vatican announced on Friday that Pope Francis has been forced to cancel his July 2-7 visit to two countries in Africa due to a knee ailment, the exact nature of which it has never made public. The abrupt cancellation of the trip, which had just been confirmed on May 28, intensified concerns over the Read more

Shaking things up, making a mess

Thursday, June 9th, 2022
Pope Francis

Pope Francis is either an anarchist or a man with an unshakable faith in the work of the Holy Spirit. Of course, he could actually be both. How else does one describe what the 85-year-old pope did on May 29 when he announced a consistory for late August during which he intends to make 21 Read more

No role for pope in Ukraine

Monday, April 11th, 2022

Pope Francis deserves our admiration, prayers and support for his tireless efforts to promote peace and goodwill among nations, peoples and religions, and for constantly reminding us that everything and everybody in the universe are interconnected. His intense advocacy for the health of our planet, his concern for the poor, and his courageous stance to Read more

Pope Francis kisses battered Ukraine flag from Bucha

Monday, April 11th, 2022

Pope Francis on Wednesday kissed a battered Ukrainian flag that he said was brought to him from the “martyred” Ukrainian city of Bucha as he denounced the “massacre” there and called again for an end to the war. Francis held the flag as he welcomed a half-dozen Ukrainian refugee children up to the stage of Read more

Hope for decent English Roman Missal translation

Monday, October 11th, 2021
authenticam ironiam

Life is full of ironies. And life in the Church is no different. In fact, this past week we just witnessed a bit of irony that stretched right across the Atlantic Ocean, though most people seem to have missed it. On October 4, as English Archbishop Arthur Roche had just finished giving his first major 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

Homeless visit hospitalised pope to pray and say thanks

Monday, July 12th, 2021
people pray for pope

On July 9, more than 20 homeless people from Palazzo Migliorie near the Vatican came to the Gemelli General Hospital to pray for and express their gratitude to the Pope. ‘Palazzo Migliori’ is the building where they live and it is a gift from the Pope for people with no home or place to stay. Read more

Pope’s new Catechist ‘lay’ ministry to backfire

Monday, May 17th, 2021

While the pope’s announcement of Antiquum ministerium – the new Rite of Institution of the Lay Catechist has made many people happy, others are finding it perplexing and likely to backfire. “Just who are the laity in a church of priestly people” asks Robert Mickens, writing his weekly Letter from Rome column in La Croix Read more

Time to take personal responsibility for our faith

Thursday, March 25th, 2021
take responsibility for faith

Now is the time to take personal responsibility and begin living our faith, writes Robert Mickens, Editor in Chief of La Croix International. In his weekly Letter from Rome entitled ‘Blessing and Curses’, Mickens says, “We do not have to wait for permission. “The Church is vaster and much more diversified than we sometimes want Read more