INTERVIEW: Feminine Diaconate: ‘Only Study, No Decisions Right Away,’ Says Archbishop Ladaria

ladariaThe opening of the new academic year took place in the Aula Magna of the Marchigiano Theological Institute of Ancona. Archbishop Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was invited to give the inaugural address on ‘Justification through Faith in Relation to the Ecumenical Dialogue.’ Here is an interview done with him on that occasion: Continue reading

Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter ‘Misericordia et Miseria’

papa_chiusura_porta_santaBelow is the Vatican-provided text of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter Misericordia et misera, for the conclusion of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Dec. 8, 2015 – Nov. 20, 2016. It was published and presented by the Vatican this morning:



to all who read this Apostolic Letter

mercy and peace

Misericordia et misera is a phrase used by Saint Augustine in recounting the story of Jesus’ meeting with the woman taken in adultery (cf. Jn 8:1-11). It would be difficult to imagine a more beautiful or apt way of expressing the mystery of God’s love when it touches the sinner: Continue reading

Kids they are, not slaves!

gmpt-2017-launching-enTHE CRY OF MILLIONS OF CHILDREN AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN THE WORLD. Every 2 minutes, a child is being prepared for sexual exploitation. More than 200 million children today are child labourers. 73 million of these children are below 10 years of age.Every year 22 thousand die due to work accidents. Approximately 30 million children have lost their childhood through sexual exploitation over the past 30 years. Continue reading

From Caracas to Rome: The Story of Arturo Sosa

sousaAn interview with the new Superior General of the Society of Jesus Rome, October 16, 2016. Two days after his election, the communications team of General Congregation 36 sat down with Father General Arturo Sosa to discuss his life and thought. The conversation introduces the new Superior General in a way that is more personal, to Jesuits and the wider Ignatian family around the world. On being elected General of the Society Like all the electors, I arrived at the congregation asking myself who would be Continue reading

Bridges – Building relationships between Christians and Muslims N. 72

bridgesMany people of good will are searching for ways of sharing the spirit of acceptance and respect for others that they have discovered within themselves. Despite the media focus on bad news stories and on the pain of violence, wars and non-acceptance of thousands of  refugees,  many  young  people  are  committing themselves to live lives of hope. The recent Youth PoWR event (cf. special Youth  PoWR  insert) Continue reading

Sisters of Notre Dame: General Chapter

sisters-notre-dame-284x300The Sisters of Notre Dame will hold their General Chapter in Coesfeld, Germany, the place of their founding, from September 28, 2016, through October 24, 2016.

They kindly request that you accompany them in prayer during this time – that they may be open to the graces of the Holy Spirit as they elect a leadership team and discern their direction forward for the next 6 years.

The theme of the General Chapter is:

Encountering the Word,Engaging the World.


VATICAN – Fr Canavarros dos Santos, SDB, appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Manaus

canvarrosToday 12 October, the Holy Father Pope Francis, appointed Fr Edmilson Tadeu Canavarros dos Santos, SDB, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Manaus, Brazil, assigning him the titular see of Feradi.

Canavarros dos Santos was born on 5 December 1967 in Corumbá in the state of Mato Grosso. He made his first religious profession on 31 January 1988 in Dourados, and his perpetual profession on 22 May 1994 in Araçatuba. He was ordained priest on 7 December 1996 in Campo Grande.

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Father Arturo Sosa SJ, 31st General of the Society of Jesus

sousaThe 36th General Congregation has elected Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, of the Jesuit Province of Venezuela as Superior General.

Father Sosa was born in Caracas, Venezuela on 12 November 1948. Until his election, Father Sosa has been Delegate for Interprovincial Houses of the Society in Rome, as well as serving on the General Council as a Counsellor. He obtained a licentiate in philosophy from l’Università Cattolica Andrés Bello in 1972. He later obtained a doctorate in Political Science from l’Università Centrale del Venezuela, in 1990. He speaks Spanish, Italian, English, and understands French. Continue reading