- Nov 28, 2020
Squatters have taken control of Vatican owned property and begun creating a garden and housing options in Rome. Omero Lauri, a longtime activist in the capital’s squatting scene, is behind the initiative and following his meeting with Pope Francis he has started creating an oasis for the poor with the Vatican turning a blind eye.
Sinn Fein’s surprise January withdrawal from power-sharing ended its nearly decade-old partnership with the Democratic Unionists, forced Democratic Unionist leader Arlene Foster out as first minister and precipitated March 2 elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly.
Pope Francis often uses his regularly scheduled appearances, as in his Sunday addresses to the crowds in St. Peter’s Square, as opportunities for highlighting terrible things going on around the world. Today was no different when he offered prayers for victims of a fire in Guatemala who were also young victims of violence and exploitation.
On Saturday the Vatican spokesman, American Greg Burke, confirmed that a papal trip to Egypt is under consideration, but insisted that no date have been finalized and no itinerary has been. Italy’s state-run media reported that Francis would visit Egypt’s Al-Azhar university and mosque in late May.
Jim Kinyon, executive director of South Dakota’s Catholic Social Services, has said that the legislation attempts to ensure the state doesn’t discriminate against faith-based organizations for their “sincerely held” beliefs.
Father Kevin Gugliotta of Mahwah pleaded guilty to dissemination of child pornography. The 55-year-old priest downloaded child pornography to a personal computer and then uploaded the files to a chat room on 20 separate occasions last summer.