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Austen Ivereigh is a Fellow in Contemporary Church History at Campion Hall, at the University of Oxford. His latest book is 'Wounded Shepherd: Pope Francis and His Struggle to Convert the Catholic Church,' published by Henry Holt.
Participants at the Asamblea Eclesial in Cuautitlán Izcalli, Mexico (photo: María Langarica/Celam) 
FaithFaith and Reason
Austen Ivereigh
It was Pope Francis who suggested that this was the moment for the continent to revive the vision of Aparecida—only this time in a synodal way, with the people of God as the protagonist.
Pope Francis raises the monstrance during eucharistic adoration at the end of Mass in the chapel of his Vatican residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae, May 5, 2020. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
FaithShort Take
Austen Ivereigh
You don’t dialogue with the devil. But if you’re the pope, you might choose to call out the devil’s work.
FaithShort Take
Austen Ivereigh
“Let us not forget that a faith that is not inculturated is not authentic,” Francis told the Latin American Confederation of Religious.
FaithNews Analysis
Austen Ivereigh
While the optics of Boris Johnson's marriage in a Catholic church this weekend suggest a double standard, in fact the church seems to be treating him the same it would any divorced Catholic seeking to remarry.
Pope Francis touches a Marian icon as he leaves at the end of a vigil, ahead of Pentecost Sunday, at the Vatican June 8, 2019. (CNS photo/Remo Casilli, Reuters)
FaithVatican Dispatch
Austen Ivereigh
The pope’s message poses a sharp challenge to a movement known more for personal conversion and evangelization than practical mercy.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn, right, walk through the Commons Members Lobby, during the state opening of Parliament, in London on Dec. 19. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, Pool)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Austen Ivereigh
As dawn broke after polling day, it was clear that the Boris Johnson earthquake had shattered the “red wall” of Labour strongholds across north Wales and in England’s northwest, Midlands and northeast.
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)
FaithFeatures
Austen Ivereigh
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 & SocietyDispatches
Austen Ivereigh
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)
FaithShort Take
Austen Ivereigh
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 Ivereigh

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.