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Pope Francis

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Parish renewal - time to take stock

In his first major statement, The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis spoke bluntly about the challenges facing Catholic parishes: ‘We must admit …  that the call to review and renew our parishes has not yet sufficed to bring them nearer to people, to make them environments of living communion and participation, and to make them completely mission-oriented.’

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What future for Christianity?

Book review - Dominion (Little, Brown) by Tom Holland (Little, Brown) and The Irony of Modern Catholic History (Basic Books) by George Weigel. Reviewed by Desmond O’Grady.


The family - where we come to know Christ

It is striking how often Pope Francis refers to the family in his writings and homilies. In the week after Christmas we celebrated the feast of the Holy Family, and now at the beginning of February, the Presentation of Jesus in the temple. Both feasts call us to reflect on the vital link between a strong Christian family and a fruitful celebration of parish liturgy.


Amazon Synod addresses key issues

Bishops participating in the Amazon Synod have called on Pope Francis to allow the ordination of married men in order to address a severe lack of priests across the nine-nation region.