- What about the child?
The potential pitfalls of commercial surrogacy have emerged in the case of a Down’s syndrome baby born to a Thai woman. Yet there may be circumstances in which the Church’s ethical opposition to surrogate motherhood could be challenged
- Home News
- World News
- Parish Practice
- Letters Extra
- The living Spirit
- Francis backs Romero cause and reveals details of life in Rome during Q+A on Papal plane
- Church figures pay tribute, urge prayers for Catholic beheaded by Islamic extremists
- Pope asks prayers after great nephews, their mother die in car crash
- ‘Wake-up call’ for Asia as Francis leaves Korea following trip that centred on peace and dignity for the poor
- Francis' support for Romero cause is exciting because of its urgency - could he be beatified by end of 2015? Julian Filochowski in El Salvador
- We should have seen the Iraq crisis coming Baroness Warsi
- Wealthy Korea needs a jolt from Pope Francis Fr John Sullivan
Pope Francis has been declared The Times' Person of the Year. In the nine months since the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope the newspaper said he has "changed the nature of the debate on religion and modernity".
The Times' leader of 26 December recalled that John XXIII, elected Pope in 1958, instituted the Second Vatican Council as a means of "opening the windows of the Church" whereas Pope Francis had done so by force of his personality. Quoting the Epistle of James' observation that faith alone without good works is dead, The London-published newspaper went on: "Francis has exemplified concern for the poor and despised, not as a matter only of personal conduct but of theology. And in this respect, he gives every indication of making the Church a vital actor on the world stage."
Alluding to Francis as the first Latin American Pope, the paper said that his emphasis on alleviating poverty had the weight of experience and concluded: "In making it the centrepiece of his papacy, Francis has placed the claims of faith at the heart of temporal affairs. The Catholic Church has been in need of an exceptional man and it appears to have found one"
Earlier this month, the American magazine, Time, named Pope Francis Person Of The Year. He recently won the same accolade from an American gay rights magazine, The Advocate, which quoted his remark to journalists on the papal plane in July: “If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?” The magazine said the Pope is the "single most influential person of 2013 on the lives of LGBT people."