Tag Archives: Global Pulse

PETER OLSZEWSKI. Still banging away – Michael Kelly as a media mogul.

Bangkok-based Father Michael Kelly – Mick to his mates – is a journalist who became a Jesuit priest who became a savvy publisher and who now runs a complex global religious media empire.  

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ROBERT MICKENS. Pope Francis clips Cardinal Pell’s wings.

In the space of a week, Pope Francis reduced the responsibilities of Cardinal George Pell and rebuffed an initiative by Cardinal Robert Sarah. … Pope Francis [also] did a pretty good number on Australian Cardinal George Pell by once more … Continue reading

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Robert Mickens. Cardinal Pell and the Vatican power struggle.

The Holy See’s abrupt suspension this week of anexternal audit of all its financial operations by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is being described by almost everyone as the Vatican old guard’s latest attempt to derail Pope Francis’ reforms. This narrative pits “a … Continue reading

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Kieran Tapsell. Cardinal Barbarin and accountability.

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon is currently being investigated by French police for failing to report sexual offences against children by some of his priests. It is alleged that he knew about allegations against them in 2007 and 2009. Despite his … Continue reading

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Michael Kelly SJ. Washing feet, culture and religion.

The decision by parts of the Catholic Church in India to differ with Pope Francis’ decision to allow women to have their feet washed in the ceremony on Holy Thursday is puzzling to say the least. Their reason given is … Continue reading

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The Pope is not the only one who doesn’t get it.

This is an extract from Robert Mickens’ ‘Letter from Rome’ of 10 February 2016, published in Global Pulse.  In the full article, Mickens refers to the extraordinary success and acceptance of Pope Francis in so many areas. There is however … Continue reading

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Michael Kelly SJ. As Holy Mother Church has always taught.

At times I have to pinch myself to be alert to what’s going on right now in the Catholic Church and to fathom the depth of it. Throughout history, we have seen change come abruptly. It happened in Europe and … Continue reading

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Robert Mickens. The Pope’s Opposition.

It has been known for quite some time that a number of cardinals and bishops, both in Rome and abroad, are – to put it mildly – uncomfortable with the way Pope Francis’ pontificate is unfolding. Well, this week it all … Continue reading

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Michael Kelly SJ. The challenge of people movements.

Great as the gesture of Pope Francis is to mobilize parishes in Europe to accommodate the influx of tens of thousands of asylum seekers from the Middle East (they call them migrants), the problem is more complex than offering immediate … Continue reading

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Pope Francis and Raul Castro – The Jesuit Alumni.

Current Affairs “If you continue talking like this, sooner or later I will begin to pray again and return to the Catholic Church.” That’s what Raul Castro confessed to having said to Pope Francis during their May 10 private meeting … Continue reading

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Global Pulse Magazine

You can now subscribe to Global Pulse Magazine. Global Pulse Magazine which you can view at www.globalpulsemagazine.com  was launched on September 29 and for the last month has been free to visit. We invite you to subscribe at and receive … Continue reading

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Robert Mickens. An exercise in keeping friends close and enemies closer.

No Australian bishop has ever assumed such high rank in the Catholic Church as Cardinal George Pell, who eight months ago became head of the Vatican’s newly created “finance ministry” or Secretariat for the Economy. For the 73-year-old native of … Continue reading

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Robert Mickens. Letter from Rome.

As I was saying last time, before I was interrupted, Pope Francis is facing resistance to the fresh air and change of ethos he’s trying to bring about inside the Church. And those with eyes to see can detect this … Continue reading

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