Pope Francis

Introduction Fr. Frans van der Lugt was killed in Homs five years ago. Since then, every day, Christians and Muslims have visited the garden of the Jesuit residence to pray at his tomb. Fr. Frans – in Arabic Abuna Francis – was a Jesuit priest originally from the Netherlands. He died in Homs, Syria, on… Read the full article

On February 4, 2019, Pope Francis and Sheikh Ahmad al-Tayyeb signed a joint declaration of goodwill.[1] The text calls for a commentary from both a Catholic theological and Islamic studies point of view.[2] First, however, some remarks on context are due. Comparable texts have been signed before. Among them are the final declarations of the… Read the full article

After the attacks of September 11, 2001, the world – and not just the West – is living in a time of Islamic-inspired terrorism. After New York, there was Madrid, London, Paris, Nice, not to mention the punishing series of attacks and massacres in Syria, Pakistan, Nigeria and Sri Lanka. This phenomenon has contributed to… Read the full article

The first public engagement of the journey to the United Arab Emirates – where the pope arrived on the evening of Sunday, February 3, 2019 – was an interreligious meeting held in the afternoon of Monday, February 4, at the Founder’s Memorial in Abu Dhabi. The Grand Imam of al-Azhar and Pope Francis concluded the… Read the full article

With his “Message to the Catholics of China and to the Universal Church,”[1] September 26, 2018, the most authoritative voice, the pope himself, explained the significance of the agreement signed on September 22, 2018, in Beijing between the Holy See and the authorities of the People’s Republic of China, assuming responsibility for it all. The message… Read the full article

Ireland to a great extent missed out on “modernity.” During the “long 19th century” when the rest of Europe was experiencing industrialization, urbanization and secularization and rejecting the demands of tradition, Ireland – and especially Catholic Ireland – was otherwise engaged. As other traditionally Catholic countries were beginning to question the dominant role of the… Read the full article