This past year brought on special challenges as Pope Francis provided global moral leadership through the coronavirus pandemic. Yet amid the restrictions and upheaval, the pope continued his efforts to reform the church and strengthen its missionary zeal. Here is a look back at the seven ways Pope Francis steered the Catholic Church in 2020.
I invite you to read this interesting article of Fr. Antonio Spadaro. An answer to the question: What kind of government does Francis exercise, and how do we interpret it in the light of these seven years?
Francis himself now even uses the word “caged” to describe the effect of the limitations imposed on him. And yet, over the last two centuries, several of Francis’s predecessors have faced similar conditions.
The Rosary is a prayer for the home, and a prayer for the road. It is a prayer which builds community and also which propels us on our journey…
Let us silence the cries of death, no more wars! May we stop the production and trade of weapons, since we need bread, not guns. Let the abortion and killing of innocent lives end. May the hearts of those who have enough be open to filling the empty hands of those who do not have the bare necessities.
Pope Francis has spoken on several occasions of his strong devotion to St. Thérèse of Lisieux — the Little Flower — as well as his habit of asking her for favors: favors, his former press secretary says, which have often come in the form little miracles.
What is the source of the tensions and conflicts we have in the church today? I believe the reason for the uneasiness is the pope’s emphasis on mission. There is a profound difference between a church that is a nest or a niche, in which one can find peace, tranquility and seeming stability, and a church that sees itself as missionary.
The question is not ‘if’ he will resign, but ‘when’ he will actually do so!…
It is now six years since Benedict XVI announced he was resigning from the papacy. He quietly declared his intention in Latin on Feb. 11, 2013 before a small gathering of cardinals in Rome…
Just like the two previous Synod assemblies on the family, Pope Francis has made this current assembly on youth yet another necessary juncture on the road towards radically reforming structures of ecclesial governance and effecting a “conversion” of the papacy itself.
With shame and repentance, we acknowledge as an ecclesial community that we were not where we should have been, that we did not act in a timely manner, realizing the magnitude and the gravity of the damage done to so many lives.
ROME – Now that the dust has begun to settle on Pope Francis’s whirlwind 32-hour visit to Ireland over the weekend, it’s time to step back and draw some tentative conclusions about how the pontiff fared, as well as who else gained and lost from the experience.
Will Francis make the necessary and radical changes needed to save the Catholic Church from its ongoing meltdown? He can no longer ignore what is clearly the biggest crisis to hit the Catholic Church at least since the Reformation. And it is one that has only just begun and will eventually spread to the Church in other parts of the world.
Pope Francis has written another Apostolic Exhortation, this one on the universal call to holiness, called Gaudete et exsultate — “Rejoice and be glad!” — which takes its title from the words of Jesus in the sermon on the mount.
Here is a selection of quotations.
This is God’s great choice: the Lord chose to be close to his people. Thirty years of hidden life! Only then did he begin his preaching. Here we see the pedagogy of the Incarnation, a pedagogy of inculturation, not only in foreign cultures but also in our own parishes, in the new culture of young people…
Pope Francis made it clear from the beginning of his papacy how Christians must live during this special time for the Church
We see Jesus in the children of Africa, especially those who are suffering in South Sudan, Somalia, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and Nigeria.
We see Jesus in the children worldwide wherever peace and security are threatened by the danger of tensions and new conflicts.
Francis decried the “betrayers of trust, or those who profit from the maternity of the Church,” meaning, he said, people who “don’t understand the lofty nature of their responsibility.” He also said the process of reform requires “patience, dedication and delicacy.”
Forget what it says in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, or the Code of Canon Law. In terms of popular opinion, the papacy is basically an impossible job, since people expect popes to be media rock stars, world-class preachers and Fortune 500 managers all at once, to say nothing of living saints.
A sign recently put up on Pope Francis’s door at the Santa Marta residence also warns transgressors, saying that complaining can lead them to develop a “victim complex” with the subsequent “diminution of their sense of humor and ability to solve problems,” and advises, “Stop complaining, and act to make your life better.”
Francis’ Mass for the canonization of the two visionaries, the first holy children who were not martyrs: “God effects a general mobilization against the indifference that chills our hearts”. Greeting to the sick: “Do not be ashamed of being a precious treasure of the Church.”
Pope Francis on Thursday lashed out against high-level Catholic prelates who have been opposing his efforts to reform the Vatican’s central bureaucracy, using an annual pre-Christmas meeting to say that while some cardinals and archbishops offer questions in a spirit of goodwill others practice a “malevolent resistance.”
Let us hope that the Lord will grant us what we sought in prayer: to imitate Jesus’ example of patience, and with that patience to overcome all our difficulties.
This, our third meditation, is entitled: The good odour of Christ and the light of his mercy.
In this third meeting, I propose that we meditate on the works of mercy, by taking whichever one we feel is most closely linked to our charism, and by looking at them as a whole. We can contemplate them through the merciful eyes of Our Lady
After meditating on the “embarrassed dignity” and “dignified embarrassment” that are the fruits of mercy, let us continue by considering the “vessel of mercy”. This is not something complicated. Let me simply say that the vessel of mercy is our sin. It is that simple.
Spiritual Retreat Given Pope Francis On the occasion of the Jubilee for Priests.
Let us begin this day of spiritual retreat. I think it will benefit us to pray for one another, in communion. A retreat, but all of us in communion! I have chosen the theme of mercy. First, a short introduction for the entire retreat.
Francis and Patriarch Ilia II embraced during the meeting at the Patriarchal Palace and the Pope said: May the saints of this country encourage us “to put the Gospel before all else and to evangelize as in the past, even more so, free from the restraints of prejudice and open to the perennial newness of God”
Rieti, Italy, Aug 9, 2016
In keeping with his spontaneous personality, Pope Francis made a surprise visit Tuesday to two convents north of Rome.
It is highly unusual for the Vatican to publicly slap down a Prince of the Church, yet not entirely surprising given how Cardinal Sarah has operated since his appointment to lead the Holy See’s liturgy department.
Many non-Catholics fear that unity with Rome would mean being swamped by the papacy, but by treating the head of the small Armenian Apostolic Church as a complete equal over the last three days, Pope Francis, in effect, suggested that in the end, size doesn’t matter.
There was yet another hubbub a couple weeks back about the Third Secret of Fatima, one that involved Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and claims that he did not reveal all of the secret — claims that set Fatima devotees abuzz and forced the former pope himself to deny the assertions.
But that neverending topic overshadowed what I think was a much more important assertion regarding the former pope, namely that he is not quite a former pope but continues to serve in an “expanded” Petrine ministry alongside the actual pope, Francis.
ROME— Pope Francis has called for greater leadership by women in Catholicism in the future, but already in the here and now there are multiple arenas in which women are the vanguard of implementing his agenda, including the Church’s response to forced migration, modern-day slavery, and war.
Pope Francis has announced he will create a commission to study the possibility of allowing women to serve as deacons in the Catholic church, signaling an historic openness to the possibility of ending the global institution’s practice of an all-male clergy.
Pope Francis has forcefully reprimanded European leaders, urging them to reject calls for the re-nationalization of the continent, to remember the devastating history that preceded their unification, and to “build bridges and tear down walls” in the face of the continuing migrant crisis.
As the Pope shook the hands of refugees at Lesbos’ Moria camp, word circulated that Francis could be taking about 10 or so refugees currently living on Lesbos, back to the Vatican with him. 12 are in fact going to be boarding the papal plane to Rome this afternoon and will be hosted by the Community of Sant’Egidio.
According to the Archbishop of Agrigento (Italy), Cardinal Montenegro, the Pope will leave his mark with his visit to the Greek island too; he is among the few who have realised that the history of the world is changing. Europe is the home of people’s rights and cannot act as it is doing. Italy too, would be a poorer place without migrants. It is wrong and unfair to say that every migrant could be a potential terrorist, in fact their wars are caused partly by the need to fulfil our interests
Francis’ “Amoris Laetitia” goes beyond the “artificial, superficial, clear division between ‘regular’ and ‘irregular’” placing everyone under the common lens of the Gospel. This is according to the Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, who presented the Pope’s Apostolic Exhortation in the Vatican. The cardinal underlined that Francis text is “innovative and in continuity ” with John Paul II’s “Familiaris Consortio” and pointed to the “experience of the poor” as a key factor in interpreting the text. This is because poor families illustrate that “small steps along the path of virtue can be far greater than the virtuous success of those living a comfortable life”.
(08/04/2016 Vatican Radio) The Vatican on Friday published Pope Francis’ eagerly-awaited Apostolic Exhoratation on the family, drawing together almost three years of consultations with Catholics in countries around the world. … Continua a leggere
(09/04/2016 Vatican Radio) The Holy See Press Office has announced that Pope Francis will visit Armenia in June of 2016, accepting the invitation of His Holiness, Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch … Continua a leggere
Addressing faithful in St. Peter’s Square at a Saturday evening prayer vigil for the Jubilee of Divine Mercy — 11 years to the day after the death of St. John Paul II — the pope announced his wish that, in every diocese, “a hospital, a home for the elderly or abandoned children, a school …, a home for recovering addicts” or some similar structure be established as “a living reminder” of the Year of Mercy.
“Heretic and traitor”: Fundamentalists term Orthodox Patriarch Kirill who met with Pope Francis in Cuba.
The meeting took place 10 thousand kilometers distance from Moscow, perhaps to avoid the objections of the traditionalists. Kirill accused of being “nikodimico”, too ecumenical. An “appeal to the Orthodox youth” claims that orthodoxy is being “sold out” to the Pope of Rome. Others say that Pope Francis is about to “convert” to Russian Orthodoxy. Urgent need for information and education.
At his meeting with over 100,000 young people at the “José María Morelos y Pavón” Stadium in Morelia, Francis said: “Jesus would never ask us to be assassins; rather, he … Continua a leggere
“My innermost wish,” Francis said on the flight from Rome to Havana “is to stand before Our Lady of Guadalupe, that mystery that has been the object of so much study and yet no human explanation can be found”. Francis mentioned the mystery of how the image of the mestizo (mixed-race) Virgin was formed. “Even the most scientific of studies says: ‘This is an object of God’.”
Flight from Rome to Havana: At one point during the papal flight a Mexican journalist suddenly stooped down to polish the Pope’s shoes. Why? “My family was poor and when I was a child,” the journalist explained, “I was able to buy my suit for my first communion by working as a shoeshiner”. For the shoeshiner-turned-correspondent, to be able to polish the Pope’s shoes on board the papal flight from Rome to Havana, is a cause of immense pride, gratification, not to mention liberation.
The Pope and the Patriarch of Moscow are to meet in Cuba before Bergoglio’s visit to Mexico, which begins next week: the Vatican and the Russian Patriarchate both announced the … Continua a leggere
Pope Francis gave his first-ever interview on China and the Chinese people on Jan. 28 to Asia Times columnist and China Renmin University senior researcher Francesco Sisci. The Pope urged … Continua a leggere
The pope in Mexico, the Russian patriarch in Cuba. Both on visits to these countries in mid-February. Ready to surprise the world, with a meeting (by Sandro Magister) ROME, January … Continua a leggere
ROME — Francis’ papacy now has spanned parts of four years, and each of the first three brought a signature diplomatic breakthrough: helping prevent an anti-Assad Western offensive in Syria … Continua a leggere
The Church has been constant through crises and conflicts this year, writes Paul Keenan. Both Pope Francis and the Universal Church were undeniably stretched by matters on the international stage … Continua a leggere
“Overcome Indifference and Win Peace” The text of the pope’s World Peace Day message in English: World Peace Day message VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis called for abolishing the … Continua a leggere
Pope Francis has mentioned previously his understanding of the world engaged in a kind of piecemeal World War III. Saturday morning in an interview with the Italian Bishops’ Conference official … Continua a leggere
In his first public comments on the latest scandal rocking the Vatican, Pope Francis told followers in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday that the theft of documents describing financial malfeasance … Continua a leggere
Pope Francis’ addresses to Priests and Religious in his journey to Cuba, to the United States of America. Text word OGF 2015-9 When prophets speak Text PDF OGF 2015-9 When … Continua a leggere
Vatican City, Oct 16, 2015 (CNA/EWTN News).- After last night’s synod session Pope Francis didn’t go back to his residence at the St. Martha house as usual, but instead decided … Continua a leggere
Pope Francis asked forgiveness Wednesday for recent scandals that have rocked Rome and the Vatican, showing again he doesn’t much care about making waves if it’s for the sake of … Continua a leggere
There’s an awful lot of hand-wringing going on about the Synod of Bishops on the Family, which is only a few days into its second and final session. We’ve heard … Continua a leggere
Vatican City, Oct 4, 2015 (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis formally opened the synod of bishops Sunday, telling participants that the union between a man and woman is the foundation of God’s … Continua a leggere
Pope Francis’ address given today to participants in the General Chapter of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus. Vatican City, October 01, 2015 (ZENIT.org) I greet you cordially, … Continua a leggere
From the moment he stepped foot in the United States, Pope Francis captured the nation’s attention. Whether it was his bold statements about family life or the car he traveled … Continua a leggere
Pope Francis has celebrated the mass that concluded the 8th World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia: “To raise doubts about the working of the Spirit, to give the impression that … Continua a leggere
Philadelphia (CNN)The Walker family from Argentina traveled 13,000 miles in a remodeled Volkswagen bus to be in Philadelphia for the papal visit. Never in their wildest dreams did they imagine … Continua a leggere
Washington D.C., Sep 23, 2015 / 08:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis paid a short visit to the Little Sisters of the Poor community in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to … Continua a leggere
In his all-important speech to US bishops, Francis warned them against using the cross as a “banner for worldly struggles”, “preaching and proclaiming to those without” is not enough: bishops … Continua a leggere