"There is no contradiction between jihad and democracy," said Jesuit Fr. Paolo Dall'Oglio at a conference on Syria.
Rome on Tuesday reacted with alarm to the kidnapping of two Orthodox bishops in Syria, fearing it may mark the beginning of the nightmare scenario: that Syria will become the next Iraq, meaning the next Middle Eastern country where Christians emerge as primary victims of the chaos following the disintegration of a police state.
A Vatican spokesman called the kidnappings "a dramatic confirmation of the tragic situation in which the Syrian people and its Christian community are living."
Q and A: "I think all the various sectors of the church will be able to dialogue with him," says Jesuit Fr. Humberto Miguel Yáñez.
One of Rome’s best known members of the Society of Jesus, and certainly one of the most wired in terms of Vatican contacts, said yesterday that for those with eyes to see, Francis cannot help but seem a “profoundly Jesuit” pope.
Jesuit Fr. Gianfranco Ghirlanda, a distinguished canon lawyer and former rector of the Jesuit-run Gregorian University, spoke April 19 as part of a panel discussing Francis’ papacy at the one-month mark. The event was sponsored by the “Alberto Hurtado Center for Faith and Culture” at the Gregorian.
John Allen in Rome: At least one Vatican official wonders what will happen to their system if people think the pope is boosting his own popularity at their expense?
John Allen in Rome: Is Pope Francis hinting at a less overtly political edge to the Vatican?
John Allen in Rome: The turnout for Pope Francis' Wednesday audience was larger than usual today, illustrating how the pope is a star on the Roman scene.
Some are looking particularly at what openness Pope Francis will show to the participation of women in church leadership.
Q and A: Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, hopes to reintroduce Catholic teaching on the family in a positive key.
John Allen in Rome: Francis led the Palm Sunday liturgy Sunday, marking the opening of the Holy Week observances of the Catholic church.