The Pontificate

Published Date : 2021-12-28
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Benedict XVI In Memoriam

By: Federico Lombardi, SJ

The Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, passed away on December 31, 2022, at the age of 95, at the Mater Ecclesiae convent in the Vatican, to where he had retired after retiring from the papacy and where he spent the last years of his long life in retreat and prayer. A significant exception had been the trip he made to Regensburg from June 18-22, 2020, to visit one last time his beloved elder brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, just days before his...

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The Night of Contemporary Youth: A reflection after the Economy of Francesco Event

By: Gaël Giraud, SJ

“Sentinel, how much is left of the night?” The sentinel replies, “Comes the morning, then also the night; if you want to ask, ask, convert, come!” (Isa 21:11-12)   Pope Francis’ meeting with the thousand young people gathered in Assisi, from September 22-24, 2022, began with these words from the prophet Isaiah.[1] They arrived from every corner of the world: from Aotearoa New Zealand to Patagonia, from Thailand to Mozambique and Mexico. Thanks to the coordination of the Focolare Movement,...

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Memory, Healing, Reconciliation: Pope Francis’ apostolic journey to Canada

By: Antonio Spadaro, SJ

The ITA plane with Pope Francis, his entourage and accredited journalists on board took off at 9:16 a.m. on Sunday, July 24, 2022, from Fiumicino Airport, heading for Edmonton Airport, where it landed around 11:20 a.m. Thus began Pope Francis’ trip to Canada, the second largest country in the world, about 10 million square kilometers in size but inhabited by only 38 million people. A mosaic country Canada is a composite mosaic of peoples, religions and cultures from different origins,...

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East Timor and Fraternity: The ‘Abu Dhabi Document’ becomes a national document

By: Antonio Spadaro, SJ

On May 20, 2022, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the inauguration of national independence in East Timor, President José Ramos-Horta took custody of his country’s highest office for the second time. In the course of  doing so he issued an official declaration in which he solemnly received the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace – signed on February 4, 2019, by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam Ahmad al-Tayyeb of Al-Azhar  – as a national document....

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Miguel Ángel Fiorito and popular religiosity in Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s formation

By: José Luis Narvaja, SJ

Since his election on March 13, 2013, among the many questions posed regarding the person and history of Pope Francis are those about the origins of his thought in general and of his theological mindset in particular. Between 1968 and 1978, Jorge Mario Bergoglio finished his formation as a Jesuit and began his ministry as a priest, first as novice master and then later as provincial. At the time of his ordination (1969), he was almost 33 years old. In...

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Who is the “Bad Shepherd”?

By: Diego Fares SJ

The shepherd who sells what he freely inherited When he was still Fr. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the pope wrote a paper titled “The Bad Superior and His Image.”[1] This referred, obviously, to the superior within the Jesuit order who has a precise pastoral mission. Strikingly, in that article he did not use the image of the mercenary which Jesus himself places in opposition to the good shepherd, but rather he uses the image of the one who “sells what he...

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