10Aug Do you remember the ‘Year of the Three Popes’?

Chris McDonnell reflects on the events of The Year of the Three Popes — 40 years ago

17Jul ACP Public Meetings – “What do we need to say to Pope Francis about the Irish Church?”

The ACP  will host 4 public regional meetings ahead of the Papal visit.
The theme  of the meetings is  “What do we need to say to Pope Francis about the Irish Church?”
These meetings are open to everybody.

21May ‘God made you like this’

Stephanie Kirchgaessner writes in The Guardian about a reported conversation between Juan Carlos Cruz, who was sexually abused, and Pope Francis where according to Juan Carlos Cruz the pope told him "‘Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter. God made you like this and loves you like this ... "

18May All of Chile’s bishops resign

Every bishop in Chile offered his resignation to Pope Francis after a three-day meeting at the Vatican to discuss the clerical sexual abuse scandal.
Report from the National Catholic Reporter

13May World Communications Day – Pope Francis

In a world full of disinformation and fake news Pope Francis issued a timely message for World Communications Day.

10Apr Six Years Later, anyone willing to right a wrong?

After six years of suspension from public ministry, without even the semblance of due process, Tony Flannery writes that "the memories of that time come back clearly, and I know that there is still a residue of hurt, regret and sadness." ....
"I do actually believe that my Redemptorist superiors, or indeed the Irish bishops, if they really wanted to, could do something in this present very different climate in the Church, to get the sanctions against me lifted, and to restore my good name.
My biggest complaint from the beginning was the unjust and unlawful procedures that were used to judge and condemn me."

09Apr Rejoice and Be Glad; On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World.

Pope Francis has issued his apostolic exhortation "Rejoice and Be Glad; On the Call to Holiness in Today's World."
It includes a little advice about how misuse of technology can prevent holiness.
"115. Christians too can be caught up in networks of verbal violence through the internet and the various forums of digital communication. Even in Catholic media, limits can be overstepped, defamation and slander can become commonplace, and all ethical standards and respect for the good name of others can be abandoned. The result is a dangerous dichotomy, since things can be said there that would be unacceptable in public discourse, and people look to compensate for their own discontent by lashing out at others. It is striking that at times, in claiming to uphold the other commandments, they completely ignore the eighth, which forbids bearing false witness or lying, and ruthlessly vilify others. Here we see how the unguarded tongue, set on fire by hell, sets all things ablaze (cf. Jas 3:6)."

13Mar Benedict XVI defends Pope Francis on fifth anniversary of his election

america magazine carries a short article about retired Pope Benedict affirming that “there is an internal continuity between the two pontificates.”

10Mar Five Years of Pope Francis: Hope has been Raised, Dramatic Action Awaited 

Joint Press Release by 'We Are Church International" & 'European Network Church on the Move' marking Five Years of Pope Francis. 

09Mar Mary McAleese to Pope Francis -‘develop a credible strategy for the inclusion of women as equals’

A report on the Voices of Faith International Women’s Day Conference from the National Catholic Reporter and the text of the talk given by former President Mary McAleese.
"Today, we challenge Pope Francis to develop a credible strategy for the inclusion of women as equals throughout the church's root and branch infrastructure, including its decision-making."
Mary McAleese




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