- Nov 26, 2020
After having just returned from a whirlwind trip to Egypt, Pope Francis lightened the mood a bit in his regular Sunday address in St. Peters’s Square when he advised people to go out to people instead of staying in an armchair. He also talked about the ongoing crisis in Venezuela.
A faith-based unit in Yakima County jail in Washington state has proven itself to be a popular program though there are no statistics on how effective it is. Many of the participants believe that it has been effective for them in finding a new and better way to live life when they are released from jail.
St. Joseph’s Chapel in Battery Park City, serves as a memorial to 9/11 in several ways. It was undamaged during the attacks and thus was used as a command center by rescue workers and volunteers. There are statues of the patron saints of firefighters and policemen. But though it survived the destruction of 9/11, it might not be able to hold out against the high rents of the resurgent neighborhood, and its parishioners are hoping to save it.
The Knights of Malta have elected Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre with the title of lieutenant of the grand master. He most recently has been the grand prior in charge of the order’s Rome chapter. The election was necessary after the former Grand Master of the order, Fra’ Matthew Festing was forced to resign after a dispute with Pope Francis over the attempted ouster of an official of the order.
Egyptian artist Ayman William has taken on the task of painting the new extension of the Cairo Church. As Coptic Christians are persecuted, churches are blown up and the Pope prepares to visit the country, this artist uses his talent to serve God.
Arizona House Majority Leader John Allen issued an informal directive this year defining what constitutes a prayer. It should be “short, focused on a higher power, and serve no political platform.” That definition of prayer is not agreed to by all the representatives leading to tension.