- Sep 10, 2019
This week, an official of Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Relations actually had to go on national television, flanked by a Catholic cardinal, to assure his countrymen that the government of President Jair Bolsonaro isn’t threatened by the looming Synod on the Amazon.
Francis hardly is the first pope to generate controversy, but he's also a lightning rod, and not just in the United States.
One of Nigeria’s leading bishops says the xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and other foreign nationals in South Africa is “sad, and it is hard to know how Africa got to this stage.”
While we may not know the conclusion of the parable for the older brother, we do have the power to decide what will happen in our lives.
For experts and locals on the ground, Pope Francis’s upcoming visit to Thailand and Japan will not only highlight the Vatican’s strong ties with interreligious communities in each country, but it will also help the pope cement alliances in advancing his ecological agenda and his message of peace.