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Recent articles by Gerard:

Father Sosa ‘dreams’ of a Society of Jesus that ‘builds a future full of hope’

Father Sosa said the Society of Jesus will also seek to respond to “the concrete requests of Pope Francis” in support of his work for the renewal of the church and its structures. → Read More

Pope Francis, at site of first nativity scene, issues letter on the importance of the crèche

"When, at Christmas, we place the statue of the Infant Jesus in the manger, the nativity scene suddenly comes alive. God appears as a child, for us to take into our arms," the pope said. → Read More

In Japan, Pope Francis speaks out against the destruction caused by nuclear weapons

“We need to work together to foster awareness that if one member of our family suffers, we all suffer,” Pope Francis said. → Read More

Pope Francis at Nagasaki and Hiroshima makes impassioned plea for peace and nuclear disarmament

“The use of atomic energy for purposes of war is immoral, just as the possession of atomic weapons is immoral,” he said. “We will be judged on this.” → Read More

On last day in Thailand, Pope Francis tells missionaries to ‘give faith a Thai face and flesh’

The pope reminded priests, religious and seminarians that the fervor of evangelization “is nurtured by a double encounter: with the face of the Lord and with the faces of our brothers and sisters.” → Read More

Pope Francis tells Thai Catholics to seek out family members missing from the Sunday table

To be “a missionary disciple is not a mercenary of the faith,” Pope Francis told the Catholics of Thailand, but rather “a humble mendicant” who longs to bring missing family members to the Sunday table.t → Read More

Pope Francis focuses on human trafficking, migration and religious harmony on a busy day in Thailand

Pope Francis spent his first full day in Thailand meeting with the country’s prime minister and supreme patriarch of Buddhists. → Read More

The first Jesuit arrived in Japan in 1549. Why are there so few Christians today?

On the eve of Pope Francis’ visit to Japan, an exclusive interview with Yoshio Kajiyama, S.J., the Hiroshima-born former provincial of the country’s Jesuits. → Read More

Pope Francis calls on Christians to remember the poor, "the treasure of the church"

“Wearing the label ‘Christian’ or ‘Catholic’ is not enough to belong to Jesus. We need to speak the same language as Jesus: that of love,” Pope Francis said as he celebrated the third World Day of the Poor by saying Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica this Sunday morning. The mass was attended by many poor people, and Pope Francis had lunch with more than 1,500 of them afterward in the Paul VI Audience… → Read More

Pope Francis is going to Japan and Thailand: Here’s what you need to know

It will be his fourth trip to Asia since becoming pope. → Read More

Pope Francis names Spanish Jesuit as new head of Vatican finances

Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves, S.J., a Spanish Jesuit with a degree in economics as well as considerable administrative and international experience, will take over as the new prefect of the Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy on Jan. 1, 2020. → Read More

Vatican restates trust in Australia’s judiciary as Cardinal Pell set to appeal abuse conviction

“The Holy See acknowledges the decision of Australia’s High Court to accept Card. George Pell’s request of appeal, aware that the cardinal has always maintained his innocence.” → Read More

Pope Francis marks Jesuit social justice initiative anniversary

Francis said that “to follow Jesus among the crucified” in today’s world involves many tasks. → Read More

Jesuits remember companions killed in struggle for ecological and social justice

They had come together, he said, to “celebrate God’s faithfulness in our 50-year journey and also to celebrate our faithfulness to his call,” as well as to celebrate Father Arrupe and the 57 Jesuits who “sacrificed their lives in the struggle for justice and equality.” → Read More

Bishop McElroy on the Amazon’s ecological crisis and what’s next for the women’s diaconate

Bishop Robert W. McElroy of San Diego spoke with America on Oct. 27, the day it ended, and shared his reflections on the main topics addressed by the synod and the proposals made in its final document. → Read More

‘Our common home is at risk,’ says Mexico’s Cardinal Aquiar Retes at Amazon synod

The Mexican cardinal said “integral ecology” and the need for “ecological conversion” have been central points of the synod. “We all agreed that the church should be a factor for wakening consciences to care for the common home,” he said. → Read More

Cardinal Hollerich: Amazon synod should lead to ‘ecological conversion’

The polyglot Jesuit said he was struck most by “the violence the indigenous people have to experience”: “It’s violence against the rainforest and at the same time violence against the ethnic groups.” → Read More

Cardinal Gracias: ‘We must give answers to the issues that have emerged at the synod’

The Indian cardinal described his experience during the synod so far as an “eye-opener,” allowing him to discover connections to what indigenous communities in his native land are experiencing. → Read More

Pope Francis: Food is becoming an avenue of personal destruction

Pope Francis said, “We must come to realize that what we are accumulating and wasting is the bread of the poor.” → Read More

Pope Francis appoints cybersecurity expert to head Vatican Security Services

He takes over from Commander Giani, who resigned yesterday after taking “objective” but not “subjective” responsibility for the leaking to an Italian journalist of a reserved notice informing Vatican security personnel that five employees had been suspended from their work “as a precautionary measure.” → Read More