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  • A reminder that this Jesuit pope is also highly Franciscan

    A reminder that this Jesuit pope is also highly Franciscan

    • Nov 3, 2016

    Yes, Pope Francis is a Jesuit to his core, from his spirituality to his leadership style, and that’s especially clear now as the Jesuits meet in Rome. Yet there’s a sense in which, despite that Jesuit background, this is nonetheless also a deeply “Franciscan” papacy.

  • Pope calls indifference to suffering ‘great sickness’ of our time

    Pope calls indifference to suffering ‘great sickness’ of our time

    • Sep 20, 2016

    Surrounded by Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, followers of traditional faiths and even atheists, as well as survivors of war and migrants, Pope Francis in Assisi on Tuesday declared that the “great sickness” of our time is “indifference” to the suffering caused by war and other tragedies.

  • Thirty years later, the “Spirit of Assisi” lives on

    Thirty years later, the “Spirit of Assisi” lives on

    • Sep 20, 2016

    As Pope Francis visits Assisi today to mark the 30th anniversary of St. Pope John Paul II’s historic interfaith summit, the legacy of that 1986 event, captured in the phrase “the spirit of Assisi,” seems very much alive as religious leaders unite for peace again.

  • Heading to Assisi, Pope urges prayer and even tears for peace

    Heading to Assisi, Pope urges prayer and even tears for peace

    • Sep 20, 2016

    As Pope Francis headed to Assisi today for an interfaith prayer for peace, he said, “Today the world will have its center at Assisi, for a day of prayer, penitence and crying, because the world is at war … God the father of all, Christians and not, wants peace. There’s no god of war, this is done by the devil.”

  • Pope’s visit to Assisi a reminder that prayer is key to peace

    Pope’s visit to Assisi a reminder that prayer is key to peace

    • Sep 20, 2016

    As Pope Francis is in Assisi today along with other religious leaders, it’s a reminder that it’s wonderful to be together to pray. This way we highlight the fraternity and communion among people without barriers and avoid the insidiousness of syncretism and indifferentism.

  • A pope named Francis proves boon for Assisi tourism

    A pope named Francis proves boon for Assisi tourism

    • Sep 17, 2016

    This week, Pope Francis will make his third visit to Assisi since his election to the papacy. The “Francis effect” on the town appears to be real: a spokesman said that since the pope’s first visit in 2013, the number of visitors to Assisi has risen from 4.5 million to 6 million a year.

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