Pope Francis. Blessed are the Peacemakers.

Reverend Francis RitchieHumanitarian Work, Spiritual Disciplines0 Comments

Pope Francis

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God Peace, in the biblical worldview, isn’t simply about the absence of conflict, it’s about everything being as it should be – everything in right relationship – right relationship with ourselves, each other, creation, and God, and then the flourishing life that springs forth from this. This is shalom/salaam. … Read More

Pope Francis and Islam

Reverend Francis RitchieUncategorized0 Comments

Many people are focused on the connection between the new Pope’s name (a great one) and the issue of poverty in the world. Indeed that is where Pope Francis has focused his attention in his early days as the leader of the Roman Catholic Church (and I applaud him for it greatly and the visible theology that underpins it), but … Read More

My Name is Francis

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My name is Francis Anderson Ritchie. It’s a name with a proud history going back a long way on my father’s side. It was my grandfather’s name and the name of other men in my direct family line quite a way back. My grandfather brought his family to New Zealand from Scotland when my father and his brother were young, … Read More

Pope Francis

Reverend Francis RitchieSpiritual Disciplines0 Comments

Bergoglio often rode the bus to work, cooked his own meals and regularly visited the slums that ring Argentina’s capital. He considers social outreach, rather than doctrinal battles, to be the essential business of the church. He accused fellow church leaders of hypocrisy and forgetting that Jesus bathed lepers and ate with prostitutes. “Jesus teaches us another way: Go out. … Read More