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Austen Ivereigh's G'84 exclusive interview with Pope Francis on the pandemic

Pope Francis leads a prayer service in an empty St Peter's Square
Pope Francis leads a prayer service in an empty St Peter's Square

Austen Ivereigh G'84 is a writer, commentator and speaker on contemporary church affairs, with a specialist interest in the Church of Latin America and the papacy of Francis. He is a fellow in contemporary church history at Campion Hall, at the University of Oxford and his latest book is Wounded Shepherd: Pope Francis’s Struggle to Convert the Catholic Church, published by Henry Holt.

Towards the end of March Austen suggested to Pope Francis that this might be a good moment to address the English-speaking world: the pandemic that had so affected Italy and Spain was now reaching the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia. Without promising anything, he asked Austen to send him some questions. You can read his responses here printed in The Tablet and which turned out to be the Pope's first exclusive interview with a UK publication on the coronavirus crisis.

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