Representatives meeting in the Aula of the Jesuit Curia, just steps from the Vatican, to elect a new Superior General will participate in a process akin to a papal conclave, complete with singing “Veni Creator Spiritus”. A former participant explains the method of voting
AMDG@GC36: Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam (for the greater glory of God) at the 36th General Congregation Premium29 September 2016 | by Paul Nicholson
Modern communications technology means that Jesuits meeting for their thirty-sixth General Congregation are better prepared than ever in discerning the promptings of the Holy Spirit on the important matters facing them..
The Anglican Centre in Rome celebrates its fiftieth anniversary next week with a visit by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, to the city and to Pope Francis. The centre’s work, says its director, is driven by the impulse to unity implored by Christ
It began as a Catholic response to the spread of fascism in Europe, exposed colonial atrocities in Africa and Asia, and spoke up for the environment and against the stigma of Aids. As Progressio prepares to shut its doors, a former staff member charts its changing fortunes
Loyalty is not a quality usually associated with the cut-throat world of television but last week the presenter Mary Berry gave the genre a rare and welcome sprinkling. Careers of television personalities are so fickle, that wallets must often be put before finer judgement.
Breaking down the wall Premium22 September 2016 | by Jeroom Heyndrickx
Pope Francis’ appointment of Pietro Parolin as his Cardinal Secretary of State has seen an encouraging improvement in Sino-Vatican relations. But diplomacy is still proving tricky
At the hour of our death Premium22 September 2016 | by Jonathan Riley-Smith
Before he died on 13 September after a long illness, a distinguished historian wrote this advice to others who are dying
The UK decision to leave the EU has triggered an intense national debate about what kind of country Britain is and aspires to be. The key to the answer lies in our Christian heritage
At a time when the West faces unprecedented dangers, Donald Trump threatens to abrogate treaties and take the US into isolationism. Illiberal movements in Britain and across Europe echo his anger. Yet we live in an age when collaboration between nations was never more needed
In the past year, Northern Irish politics have arrived at an equilibrium, but then the EU referendum vote changed everything. Now there is deep concern that the hard-won peace and prosperity will be damaged by the overall UK decision to leave
Putting God on the agenda Premium15 September 2016 | by Rebecca Jenkins
Although criticism of the former Bishop of Durham, who died on 4 September, was often coruscating, he never responded in kind. But very few knew what his struggles with the press and some in the Church of England cost him, as his daughter recalls
This year’s annual meeting of the Catholic Theological Association revealed tensions between academics and bishops over the future of Heythrop College. Some saw it as a clash between two strands of theology: one, outward-facing and challenging; the other, inward-looking and unquestioning
Scientists communicate with images. We want to know not simply one value, but how each value compares with other values measured in other situations: other times, other samples, other planets. Picturing our data as spots on a grid is worth a thousand numbers...
The gender agenda Premium08 September 2016 | by Mary Anne Case
Pope Francis told Polish bishops in July of his concern about the contemporary preoccupation with ‘gender theory’. Others argue that the rival notion of complementarity is of greater concern, having been largely invented by recent popes
No winners in the Grouse wars Premium08 September 2016 | by Mary Colwell
September marks the start of the season of creation, placed on the liturgical calendar by Pope Francis, and running until the Feast of St Francis of Assisi. It is a time to celebrate the richness and wonder of the planet, but also one when natural species are set against each other
Catholic priest persuading drug users to hand themselves in says church is 'on same page' as Philippines police07 September 2016 | by Catholic News Service
As the body count rises in the Philippines' war on drugs, a Catholic priest is trying to create a space where healing takes precedence over killing. On 1 September, Father Luciano Feloni, an Argentine priest who is pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Caloocan City, on the edge of Manila kept a close watch as 20 drug users from his parish surrendered to local police...
Most people assume that saints are sustained by their vibrant faith, which carries them through toil and trouble. Mother Teresa, who will be canonised tomorrow, worked heroically, despite letters revealing her secret ‘dark night’ of the soul
Mother Teresa’s steely determination, total commitment and toughness were evident to those who met her and worked with her in the slums of India
One of the world’s longest insurgencies has come to an end with a deal between the Colombian Government and the rebel group Farc. Here, a former hostage, held captive for six years, explains why she backs the deal and the efforts at reconciliation
The new head of the Vatican Congregation for Laity, Family and Life is an American whose appointment is part of Pope Francis’ attempts to increase the US representation in Rome. His pastoral experience will be needed to deal with some of the Church’s most neuralgic issues
A writer friend of mine is a very good cook. Food, she says, is a great distraction. She might just be sitting down at her desk all ready to tackle a new chapter, when suddenly she remembers that biscuit recipe snipped out of last week’s Sunday paper.
On the Feast of the Assumption 80 years ago, a group of priests was executed in northern Spain by Republicans. Yet the nation remains divided over the legacy of the Civil War and the anniversary of its outbreak has not been widely commemorated
Profile: Bishop Kevin Farrell - new head of Vatican dicastery of family, marriage and the laity Premium18 August 2016 | by Michael Sean Winters
Bishop Kevin Farrell, appointed to lead the new dicastery of family, marriage and the laity, brings a variety of experiences and aptitudes to his task...
Can Hillary Clinton carry the Catholic vote for the Democrats in the US presidential election? Premium18 August 2016 | by Michael Sean Winters
The US presidential campaign has become one of the most bitter on record as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump vie to be elected commander in chief in November. Catholic voters, especially the swing ones in key marginal states, could be the passport to the White House...
Lead us out of the darkness: scene of Fr Jacques Hamel's murder is a recall to the roots of Christianity Premium18 August 2016 | by Dermot Power
The scene of the terrible murder of Fr Jacques Hamel, at daily Mass in a small town, recalls the roots of Christianity and is a reminder of how so many people experience the Church
Meditation with muscles: former punk roadie using Christian meditation to help drink and drug addicts Premium18 August 2016 | by Jonathan Tulloch
In a deprived corner of the UK, Christian meditation is a frequently used tool to counter the ravages of drink, drugs and homelessness, thanks to a former roadie for punk band The Damned
Questions of inclusion Premium10 August 2016 | by Massimo Faggioli
The announcement of the commissioners who will study the possibility of a female diaconate indicates that Pope Francis wants to promote broad discussion of the issues and encourage significant contributions from women themselves
Not an end, a beginning Premium10 August 2016 | by Sheila Isaac
A-level students will be told their results on Thursday. On what can be one of the most nerve-wracking days of their lives, it is essential to be prepared with strategies to deal with the grades they achieve
The brutal murder of a parish priest at his altar has focused attention on the delicate relationship between Church and state in a land still divided over the place of religion in society
From a legacy of persecution and martyrdom, the Church has emerged as a settled part of French life, with the curé a respected figure in the community, as an English priest serving in a French diocese explains
Pope Francis’ apostolic constitution on the contemplative life for women, published last month, offers encouragement and challenges to Religious and contemporary society
Sir David Goodall Premium03 August 2016 | by Dominic Milroy OSB
Sir David Goodall who has died aged 84, was never more stretched as a diplomat than in the five years from 1982 to 1987, when as Deputy Secretary in the Cabinet Office and then as a Deputy Under-Secretary in the Foreign Office, he worked at the very centre of Margaret Thatcher’s Government.
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