Category: Pope Francis

  • Request to Pope Francis to visit Laeken

    Request to Pope Francis to visit Laeken

    Pope Francis has announced that this year he will visit Belgium for the 500th anniversary of the Catholic University of Louvain/Leuven.

  • Pepe & Amalia Palacio and Enrique Angelelli: Synodality in action

    Pepe & Amalia Palacio and Enrique Angelelli: Synodality in action

    Today, 11 December 2021, marks the 46th anniversary of the abduction by security forces of José Serapio “Pepe” Palacio, an Argentinian JOC leader, later a trade unionist and leader of the Workers Catholic Action and finally the first lay collaborator of the IYCW.

  • The Australian Plenary Council: A Cardijn perspective

    The Australian Plenary Council: A Cardijn perspective

    For the first time in over 80 years, the Australian Catholic Church is holding a Plenary Council, which will take place over two sessions in October 2021 and July 2022. It has the potential to shape the Church’s role for perhaps the rest of this century.

  • Cardijn’s proposal to John XXIII

    Cardijn’s proposal to John XXIII

    Sixty years ago today on 13 April 1960, Cardijn wrote to Pope John XXIII enclosing a 5000 word note entitled “L’Eglise face au monde du travail” – “The Church and the world of work/labour.”

  • Cardijn, Camara and the Pact of the Catacombs

    Cardijn, Camara and the Pact of the Catacombs

    As the Synod for the Pan-Amazon region reaches its conclusion in Rome, around 150 participants have met in the Domitilla Catacombs to commit themselves to a new updated “Pact of the Catacombs” modelled on the original.

  • Enrique Angelelli, first martyr of Vatican II

    Enrique Angelelli, first martyr of Vatican II

    Pope Francis has promulgated a decree recognising the martyrdom in 1976 of Bishop Enrique Angelelli and three of his co-workers, the French Fidei Donum priest, Gabriel Longueville, the Franciscan Fr Carlos de Dios Murias and the lay pastoral worker, Wenceslao Pedernera.

  • Francis, Lucio Gera, Walter Kasper… and Cardijn

    Francis, Lucio Gera, Walter Kasper… and Cardijn

    German Cardinal Walter Kasper offers some interesting insights on the sources of Pope Francis’ thought, particularly regarding the Argentine theologian and jocist chaplain, Lucio Gera.

  • Cardijn, Fatima and the JOC

    Cardijn, Fatima and the JOC

    After Pope Francis’ visit to Fatima for the canonisation of Francisco and Jacinta Marto, young shepherd children, who with their sister Lucia witnessed the famous Marian apparitions of 1917, let’s recall Cardijn’sattitude to Our Lady of Fatima.

  • The Pontifical Council for the Laity de-recognises the IYCW

    The Pontifical Council for the Laity de-recognises the IYCW

    Remembering the 40th anniversary of Bishop Angelelli’s death on 4 August 1976, I can’t help but think of another event, another kind of death, that occurred 30 years ago today on 4 August 1986.

  • Look – decide – act with Mary and Pope Francis

    Look – decide – act with Mary and Pope Francis

    Addressing volunteers at World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland, Pope Francis has re-packaged Cardijn’s see-judge-act in the form of listen-decide-act.

  • Cardijn on mercy

    Cardijn on mercy

    Pope Francis has made mercy a major theme of his pontificate. Which raises the question: What did Cardijn have to say about the subject?

  • Plus ça change: Synod bishops battle the See Judge Act

    Several working groups at the current Synod on the Family are questioning the utility of the method for an “ecclesial document”, according to press reports. Here’s what the reports say, according to George Weigel writing at Catholic News Live: ⇒ While many groups praised the “See-Judge-Act” methodology that seems to have framed the ordering of the…

  • The jocist origins of Argentina’s theology of the people

    The jocist origins of Argentina’s theology of the people

    More background on the Argentinian “theology of the people” now made famous by Pope Francis from an excellent new, little book, Le pape du peuple, which is a series of interviews by Bernadette Sauvaget with theologian Juan Carlos Scannone.

  • Sources of Pope Francis’ praxis

    Sources of Pope Francis’ praxis

    “The thought of Pope Francis is profoundly marked by the ‘theology of the People’, an Argentinian version of the theology of liberation,’ writes Belgian Benedictine monk, Dom Armand Veilleux, “of which three representatives were Juan Carlos Scannone, Lucio Gera and Rafael Tello.”

  • See Judge Act: From John XXIII to Pope Francis

    Great to see the Synod bishops following the See Judge Act method in their work as their Mid-Term Report shows. But as we’ve seen previously, there seems to be confusion in some minds over where the method came from. So here’s recap of how the SJA made its way into Catholic social methodology. As early…