On this episode of the AMDG podcast, Austen Ivereigh, who has written a biography about Pope Francis, reflects on the first 10 years of Francis’ papacy.
March 12, 2022, will mark the 400th anniversary of the canonizations of St. Ignatius Loyola and St. Francis Xavier. To celebrate the occasion, Pope Francis will preside over an anniversary Mass at the Church of the Gesù in Rome, which will be livestreamed.
“Salaam, Salaam, Salaam! Shookran! Allah ma’akum.” Peace, Peace, Peace! Thank you! God be with you!. With these words, Pope Francis ended the Mass in Erbil, his last major public event during his visit to Iraq. Energy and emotion already filled the stadium, and when he ended his remarks with these Arabic words, we all erupted in …
On October 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis released his third encyclical, titled “Fratelli Tutti,” and subtitled “on fraternity and social friendship.”
December 13, 2019 — Today Pope Francis celebrates the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood — a ministry he sees as being a shepherd who walks with his flock and yearns to find those who are lost.
Pope Francis released an Easter Sunday letter to individuals working to help those at the margins, calling them an “invisible army fighting in the most dangerous trenches.” Noting that the impact of a global pandemic has been more acute for those without steady income and recognizing that “market solutions do not reach the peripheries, and State protection is hardly visible,” he suggests the time may be right for new thinking.
There’s one line in Pope Francis’ new document on young people and the church (titled “Christus vivit,” or “Christ is Alive”) I keep chuckling about. “Make a ruckus!” he writes, speaking directly to youth and young adults.
Today, Pope Francis canonized a pope and a martyr: Pope John Paul VI and Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, El Salvador.