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‘All is Grace’: Saint Francis and the weight of the world

  Giancarlo Pani SJ   Issue 2011    27 November 2020

When thinking of the Middle Ages, many will hold that the essence of asceticism was rejection of the world and complete condemnation of life lived in the world. This judgment is sometimes found in history books, but it is not entirely true. Suffice it to look at the few remaining letters of St. Francis of Assisi. One in particular, written to a friar who asked to be relieved of his office, can help understand how deeply rooted Francis was in the world and in history. It was probably written between 1221 and 1223,[1] four years..

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New Cardinals for the Church

  GianPaolo Salvini, SJ 27 November 2020

At the end of the Angelus on Sunday, October 25, Pope Francis announced to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square that he would create 13 new cardinals during the Consistory on November 28. The new cardinals are: Bishop Mario Grech, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops; Bishop Marcello Semeraro, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints; Archbishop...