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Austen Ivereigh is a Fellow in Contemporary Church History at Campion Hall, at the University of Oxford. His book Wounded Shepherd: Pope Francis’s Struggle to Convert the Catholic Church will be published by Henry Holt in October 2019.

Pope Francis walks as he celebrates the Pentecost Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican June 9, 2019. (CNS photo/Yara Nardi, Reuters)
Faith Features
Austen IvereighJune 14, 2019
Francis may not pray in tongues, writes Austen Ivereigh, but no pope has ever identified as closely with the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, nor been so keen to move it front and center of the church.
Italian Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini holds a press conference in Milan, Italy, on May 27, the day after elections for the European Parliament. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Austen IvereighMay 31, 2019
The big story in the European elections, writes Austen Ivereigh, was the collapse of the centrist governing coalition, with a multiplicity of small parties on the rise. One hopeful sign: A record voter turnout.
Pope Francis pays a pre-Christmas visit to retired Pope Benedict XVI on Dec. 21, 2018, in the Mater Ecclesiae monastery. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Faith Short Take
Austen IvereighApril 11, 2019
The pope and the pope emeritus are not so far apart: Both Benedict and Francis warn against responding to the abuse crisis with a ’self-made’ church that ignores the Gospel.
Signs Of the Times
Austen IvereighNovember 14, 2011

The event marked the 25th anniversary of the first interreligious gathering in the hometown of St. Francis, called in 1986 by Pope John Paul II.

Austen IvereighNovember 14, 2011

Of all the challenges faced by the Vatican in organizing the 25th anniversary of the historic interreligious gathering in Assisi in 1986, the hardest was how to make it newsworthy. The 176 delegates—representing, said the Vatican, ”not only the world's religions, but all people of good will,

In All Things
Austen IvereighNovember 02, 2011
LONDON You do not need to be a close observer of the drama centered this past fortnight on St Paul s Cathedral and the protesters encamped there to notice today a great shift one that carries strong implications for the relationship of Anglican Christianity with the world of finance nbsp Two we
In All Things
Austen IvereighOctober 27, 2011
BASILICA DI SAN FRANCESCO ASSISI As I write this Pope Benedict has just left with heads of the delegations of different faiths back to Rome where tomorrow he will greet them again in an audience in the Apostolic Palace I will be analysing today s event in detail in a forthcoming article for Am
In All Things
Austen IvereighOctober 27, 2011
BASILICA DI SAN FRANCESCO ASSISI Speaking to some 300 representatives of the world s major religions gathered in the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli Pope Benedict XVI this morning expressed shame for the complicity of faith in violence and praised agnostics and other searchers for helping
In All Things
Austen IvereighOctober 27, 2011
SANTA MARIA DEGLI ANGELI ASSISI The 200-odd religious leaders called here by Pope Benedict XVI have just watched a video about the history of the Assisi interfaith gatherings It was well made scenes of war contrasted with the commitments of religious leaders to peace It was colourful multilin
In All Things
Austen IvereighOctober 27, 2011
SANTA MARIA DEGLI ANGELI ASSISI A lot of journalistic ink has been spilled on the differences between the interreligious gathering led by the Pope today and the first one called by John Paul II in 1986 Back in the summer Vatican heavyweights were brought out to clarify any misunderstandings