Today, Pope Francis in trying to bring about reform has asked us not to domesticate God’s Spirit. The Holy Spirit, he says, is God’s strength and ‘pushes the Church to move forward’. Francis is calling for a Synodal Church in which there is greater participation of the people of God through communal discernment.
Married with four children and working for the parish, Andrea received an invitation to become a deacon in a large Roman parish. Although this may seem a novel idea, the reason lies in the desire of the diocese of Rome to re-restablish an already used model in the early days of Christianity to revitalise the parish.
"As a Cenacle sister in a small international community based in London, I am part of a “large community” of sisters and brothers throughout UK. We all have the same desire: reaching out to other people, especially young people, and giving them opportunities for a celebration and a sharing of the riches of our way of life. [...] But how was it possible to manage this in a pandemic time? this is the challenge that the UK religious Life has brilliantly taken up over those last 2 years."
On 28 April 2021, over 5,000 active Londoners gathered online at the London Citizens Assembly. The members presented the manifesto "London Citizens 2021" to the mayoral candidates: Sadiq Khan and Shaun Bailey. Sister Marie Jamet was present and tells us about the discussions.
The Bishops Conference of England and Wales, having formerly accepted the recommendations laid out in the IICSA Report; that was published on 10 November 2020, and have also accepted the final proposals and recommendations of the Elliott Report in order to shape the safeguarding provision in the Catholic Church in England and Wales. So where do we go from here? Are there signs of hope?
With the last words of Pope Francis in mind, Sister Ann reflects on what the effects and implications this pandemic have been and may continue to have on the Church and how we worship, celebrate Eucharist and the way we pray. She is also reflecting about women and their place in the Church today and in the future.
The young American poet, who captivated the US with her poem recited at President Joseph Biden's inauguration ceremony, shares her thoughts on the importance of education, the power of poetry, and the movements launched by the dedication of young women, in an interview with Vatican News and Osservatore Romano.
World leaders have expressed relief that the European Union (EU) and Britain have finally reached a Brexit trade deal following many months of wrangling over fishing quotas and future business rules. The 11th-hour deal between the two sides was clinched four and a half years after Britain voted by a small margin to leave the EU.