The Pope’s reform agendaWith his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), Pope Francis finally made his real debut as papal author.The Pope had already published an encyclical, however, in the opening paragraphs of Lumen Fidei, he explained that the text was essentially the work of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI,...

The Church must adopt a more simple approach and be capable of “walking at people’s side”, was one of the strong messages to come from Pope Francis during a visit to Brazil for World Youth Day (WYD) from July 23-28.It was fitting that our first Latin American Pope should make his first international trip to his native continent,...

Aside from his official visit to Brazil for World Youth Day, Pope Francis’ most significant visits of 2013 beyond the city of Rome were all to Italian territories.On July 8, the Pope drew international attention to the tiny island of Lampedusa, when he travelled to visit the many migrants for whom the Italian-controlled island, a little over...

JanuaryThe year begins with Pope Benedictís World Day of Peace Message promoting respect for life from conception to natural death. His message comes just days after Cardinal Se·n Brady uses his Christmas address to urge the Irish faithful to use their voices to defend the unborn in 2013. In a significant first, Taoiseach Enda Kenny fails...

Six months into his papacy, Francis set out his vision for the Church and his priorities as Pope in a lengthy and remarkably blunt interview with La Civilta Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit journal. It was published simultaneously in September by Jesuit journals in 16 countries, including America magazine.The Irish Catholic...

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