"I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security. I do not want a Church concerned with being at the centre and then ends by being caught up in a web of obsessions and procedures. If something should rightly disturb us and trouble our consciences, it is the fact that so many of our brothers and sisters are living without the strength, light and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith to support them, without meaning and a goal in life. More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe, while at our door people are starving and Jesus does not tire of saying to us: 'Give them something to eat' (Mk 6:37)." (Pope Francis, Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (November 2013), #49)

 

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Advice for the Pope on Reforming the Church

Geraldine Doogue

GeraldineAndFrancisThe Church isn't offering many endearing images to its stoic believers of late. But one will stay with me for many years. That wonderful moment in March when Jorge Mario Bergoglio walked out onto the Vatican balcony with his simple but invitingFratelli e sorelle, buona sera! — Brothers and sisters, good evening! — still sends a thrill up my spine.

Along with the rest of the watching crowd in St Peter's Square, I thought he'd seemed rather stunned, almost overwhelmed just prior to this emergence. Then came this incredibly pastoral moment followed by the next, his appeal to all of us to pray for him. You could have heard a pin drop in the packed square as people delightedly complied, an unforgettable moment.

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Evangelii Gaudium - Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation

PopeFrancisPope Francis offers a considered reflection on his approach to being Church today. The themes of joy and mercy are prominent, reminding us of Pope John XXIII. He also continues the Church's critique of capitalism, challenging all people of good will to face the terrible inequities in our world. The Pope's "off the cuff" remarks of the previous months are perhaps not so "off the cuff".

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Pope Joins in Tributes to Nelson Mandela

NelsonMandelaPope Francis sent a telegram to Jacob Zuma expressing his condolences on the death of Nelson Mandela. 

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A Comment on the Vatican's Questionnaire

JWilliamGrimmMany of us were dismayed by the wording and expression of questions in the recent Preparatory Document for the Extraordinary Synod on Mariage and the Family scheduled for October 2014. 

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Pope Francis asks "Why?"

PopeFrancisCardinal Tagle recently had an audience in Rome with Pope Francis, along with a large group of people from the Philippines. Cardinal Tagle broke down as a spoke of the loss and pain caused by the cyclone.

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