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Advent Retreat: God is with You

Welcome to this year’s Advent retreat in collaboration with Sacred Space, written by Gemma Simmonds CJ.  Do you know that God is with you? After a year of challenges, changes, suffering, isolation and social distancing, perhaps there’s never been a more important time to reflect on the Incarnation; to reflect on God’s incredible plan to…

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Pope Francis: ‘My Three Personal Covids’

Pope Francis explores his own personal moments of solitude in an excerpt released on Monday from his new book with British author and journalist Austen Ivereigh, entitled “Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future”. Illness at young age His first Covid-like moment came at the age of 21, when he fell deathly ill…

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Pope Francis in New Book: Let Us Dream

The author describes the work as Francis’ “spiritual guidance for a world in crisis, a personal manifesto for profound social change, and a summons to each person to choose a better future.” In a press release, the text is said to address: the anti-racist protests over the death of George Floyd, and the toppling of…

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Pope Francis to Young Economists: ‘Work not only for the Poor, but with the Poor’.

In a video message Saturday, Pope Francis encouraged young economists and entrepreneurs from around the world to bring Jesus to their cities, and to work not only for the poor, but with the poor. Addressing participants of the Economy of Francesco online event, the pope said Nov. 21 that changing the world is about much…

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Pope Francis – the Church’s Spiritual Director

Austen Ivereigh is quite right to compare Francis’s style of governance, revealed in a unique way during the pandemic, to that of a spiritual director accompanying the Church and helping it to navigate through the complex global crisis of our times in all its manifestations.[3] Key to this navigation has been his astute discernment of spirits…

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#RedWeek 2020: In Support of Persecuted Christians Worldwide

#RedWeek is an initiative launched in 2015 by the international pontifical foundation ACN, an international Catholic charity that supports suffering and persecuted Christians. About 250 million Christians all over the world are living in environments in which they are violently persecuted, discriminated against or prevented from freely practicing their faith. This year the initiative will…

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Social Distancing – An Old Idea

« … ten lepers approached Jesus. Keeping their distance, they called out….” Lk 17, 12-13.        Keeping their distance: (two metres ??): diseases that are considered to be contagious have been treated seriously through the centuries. Whether it is from fear or from love, from hateful discrimination or for caring isolation, people are obliged to keep…

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Pope Video for November: Artificial Intelligence for Common Good

“Artificial intelligence is at the heart of the epochal change we are experiencing. Robotics can make a better world possible if it is joined to the common good. Indeed, if technological progress increases inequalities, it is not true progress. Future advances should be oriented towards respecting the dignity of the person and of Creation. Let…