Pope Francis has named the former head of the Dominicans, Fr Timothy Radcliffe, to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Fr Timothy, who lives at Blackfriars College at Oxford University, where he helped launch a social justice institute at the College, is a theologian and an honorary Doctor of Divinity at the university. Fr Timothy, who was Master of the Dominicans between 1992-2001, will serve as a consultor on the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, the Vatican body devoted to social justice and human rights.
He told The Tablet: “I am very happy that the Pope has expressed his confidence in me in this way. Justice, peace and mercy are at the centre of his pontificate, and so it is an honour to offer whatever support I can. I do not yet know what the role involves.”
(Extract from The Tablet – 18 May 2015 – by Liz Dodd)